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Drug arrests keep officials busy

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Fulton County deputies were busy with a number of drug related arrests in February.

A Fulton County man is facing a felony drug charge after authorities found him in possession of narcotics while arresting him for an unrelated offense.

Fulton County Deputy Johnny Byler said he responded to a domestic abuse call around 9:30 p.m. at a residence on Hwy. 62 in Salem.

After questioning the complainant, Byler arrested 22-year-old Zachery West, of Salem for third degree domestic battery of a minor female, he said.

After taking West into custody, Byler performed a pat down as part of police procedure. Byler said he found a small pill bottle in West's right front pants pocket.

Inside the bottle were 35 small, blue tablets Byler later identified as clonazepam 1mg, a schedule IV narcotic.

West will be arraigned for these charges at the March 7 meeting of the Fulton County Circuit Court.

A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Fulton County man Feb. 18.

Bradley Don Herron, 36, of Salem was arrested for being in possession of illegal substances and drug paraphernalia, said Arkansas State Trooper Ronnie Stewart.

Stewart said around 4 p.m. he saw a vehicle with a broken windshield that was traveling too close behind a west bound pickup truck.

Stewart initiated a traffic stop and said the driver (Herron) was noticeably agitated.

After he identified Herron as the driver, Stewart explained why he had stopped the vehicle. Stewart said his explanation made Herron more agitated; he grew suspicious and asked Herron to step out of the car.

While Herron stood outside of the vehicle, he began acting nervous. Stewart said Herron could not stand still; during a sobriety test, Herron had leg and eye tremors, Stewart said.

Stewart then ran Herron's information through the Arkansas Crime Information Center system and learned he had SID and FBI numbers.

Herron admitted he was arrested seven years ago in connection with drug related charges and that there was some marijuana wrapped in a towel in the front seat of his vehicle, Stewart said.

Stewart asked Herron's male passenger, he identified as Scottie Mask, also of Salem, to step out of the car before he conducted the search. He said he performed a pat down on Mask and found a container holding a small amount of marijuana and a smoking device in his jeans pocket.

In the vehicle Stewart found a towel wrapped around several pieces of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana, he said. Under the seat Stewart said he found a case holding more items of drug paraphernalia, a glass pipe and a jewelry sized Zip-lock bag of a crystalline substance that was later identified as methamphetamine.

Herron is facing possession of methamphetamine and intent to use methamphetamine charges.

Herron will be arraigned March 7 for his second arrest in connection with methamphetamine.

A third drug related arrest was made at a residence on Whippoorwill Road in Salem Feb. 23.

Karen Webb, 43, was arrested when officers found 2.3 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her possession.

At approximately 2 p.m. Arkansas State Trooper Ronnie Stewart and deputies with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department went to the residence on a tip that illegal drugs were inside.

When officers arrived at the house they spoke with the owner Stephen McGuffee, Stewart said. Stewart informed McGuffee why officers were at the residence, and McGuffee consented to a search of his residence.

McGuffee told officers that he had a roommate -- Karen Webb -- that lived in the basement. Stewart said officers spoke with Webb, and she consented to a search of the basement.

In Webb's living quarters, officers found a container holding six Zip-lock baggies, five of which contained a crystalline substance, and a glass smoking pipe, Stewart said. Authorities also found a small make-up bag containing a plastic bag holding the same crystalline substance -- which was later identified as methamphetamine, he said.

When officers took her into custody, Webb repeatedly told them the methamphetamine was hers, and McGuffee had no knowledge of the drug, Stewart said.

Webb was released from authorities after posting a $15,000 bond.

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