Crabtree returned to Fulton County

Thursday, July 6, 2006


A Salem man wanted by Fulton County authorities is back in custody after being arrested in Houston, Mo., on Fulton County warrants.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger picked up Douglas Scott Crabtree, 34, at Texas County Jail in Houston June 27. Fulton County authorities previously thought Crabtree was in Howell County, Mo., when they issued the warrant for his arrest May 2, 2006.

Dillinger said Crabtree lived with a woman in Cabool, Mo., until his arrest June 20 on the Fulton County warrant by Texas County authorities.

Crabtree did not live in the Cabool area very long, Dillinger said. He said Crabtree checked himself into a drug rehabilitation program while in Cabool.

Crabtree's charges stem from a Sept. 9, 2004, incident in which he allegedly sold methamphetamine at the Meadows Apartments in Salem. Crabtree sold a quarter gram of methamphetamine at his sister's apartment, authorities said.

Crabtree lived with his sister, Michelle Comstock, and brother-in-law, Bill Comstock, at the time the alleged drug transaction took place, Dillinger said. He said Crabtree moved to the area from Fayetteville, Ark., and his driver's license still displays a Fayetteville address. He said Crabtree has been in trouble with the law before.

Michelle and Bill Comstock are facing federal charges for threatening to kill Drug Task Force agents and a judge. Fulton County authorities arrested the Comstocks in connection to the Sept. 9, 2004, incident, but all charges have been transferred to federal authorities.

Crabtree is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class Y felony; and distribution near a certain facility, a housing complex, an unclassified felony which can add 10 years to a sentence.

Dillinger said Crabtree is currently being held in the Izard County Detention Facility. His bond has been set at $25,000 and he is scheduled to make an appearance in Fulton County Circuit Court July 7.

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