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Chase leads police to meth lab

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Staff Writer

A high speed chase through Sharp and Fulton counties in which a Hardy man alluded capture by authorities has led to the arrest of two Sharp County residents for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Jennifer Ann McFadden, 30, and Dennis Ray Slayton, 41, both of Hardy, have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a class Y felony.

Sixteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell said the charges stem from a search at McFadden's home Sept. 7.

During the search officers from the Drug Task Force and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department discovered components of a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

Officers were originally searching McFadden's residence for James Naldo Arnold. Arnold, 35, escaped from law enforcement officials Sept. 6 after he allegedly led officers from the Arkansas State Police and Sharp County Sheriff's Department on a chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

The chase started at around 9 p.m. in Ash Flat, went through Cherokee Village and ended on Slick Rock Road in Fulton County, according to law enforcement officials.

During the chase, state trooper Dustin Rogers wrecked his patrol car into a pole and Sharp County deputy Jeremy Qualls wrecked his police vehicle into a tree, on Cherokee Road, said Sharp County chief deputy Joe Stidman.

Stidman said no injuries were reported from the chase in which seven police vehicles took part. When officers found the older model Ford Mustang Arnold was driving, Arnold was gone.

Fulton County deputy Paul Martin said Arnold had been staying with McFadden prior to the chase.

Russell said there were indications Arnold was in McFadden's home. He said when officers approached McFadden's house, Slayton appeared in the doorway. Russell asked Slayton if officers could search the residence for Arnold. Slayton agreed and he (Russell) entered the home without incident.

While searching for Arnold, Fulton County deputy Carroll Traw discovered quantities of Red Devil lye, ammonium nitrate and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in the woods adjacent to McFadden's home.

Russell said a 4-wheeler trail runs from the area were the items were recovered to McFadden's home.

Russell said Slayton denied knowledge of the methamphetamine lab in the woods.

Russell said while he was questioning Slayton he noticed a set of wire ties -- similar to wire ties found at the lab site. Slayton later admitted to receiving methamphetamine from Arnold after pictures of him and Arnold holding two large cases of cold medicine were found.

When McFadden returned home she was questioned about the methamphetamine lab. Russell said McFadden admitted she uses methamphetamine and has received methamphetamine from Slayton and Arnold.

Arnold was not located in the home.

McFadden and Slayton were taken into custody and charged.

Bond for McFadden was set at $25,000 and Slayton's bond was set at $5,000. McFadden and Slayton posted bond Sept. 10. Both are slated to appear Oct. 4 in Fulton County Circuit Court.

Arnold had not been apprehended as of press time. Officials at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said Arnold is facing multiple drug charges in Fulton County and a felony fleeing charge in Sharp County.

Stidman said Arnold has felony warrants in Missouri as well.

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