Meth lab busted in Mammoth, officer injured in Salem raid
A Mammoth Spring man faces multiple drug charges after he was arrested March 11 at his house south of Mammoth Springs.
A methamphetamine lab was discovered after Thomas Bundy Noakes consented to a search of his property by officers from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police and Fulton County Sheriff's Office.
Officers found components of a red phosphorus clandestine methamphetamine lab inside the residence. They found baggies with suspected methamphetamine residue, snort tubes, two-quart sized baggies half filled with ephedrine, instructions on how to make methamphetamine and firearms.
The firearms were loaded and within reach of drug components, authorities said.
Noakes was taken to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and detained. He was charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or phenylpropanolmine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class D felony; intent to use drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony; and the possession or use of drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.
Noakes bond was set at $20,000. He posted bond March 11 and will be arraigned April 1.
In other drug arrests, Wendy Robbins, Bobby Weaver and Rex A. Foster face drug charges after law enforcement officials conducted a raid March 10 five miles south of Salem.
During the raid, 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Administrator Danny Ramsey lost a finger and suffered other injuries to his left hand when a distraction device known as "flash bang" detonated in his hand.
Ramsey was transported from the scene by ambulance and taken to the Fulton County Hospital. The cause of the detonation is still under investigation.
When officers from the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Fulton County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department arrived at the property, Foster ran out the back door of the residence. He was subdued by law enforcement officials at the edge of the yard.
A baggie containing methamphetamine was found near Foster. He later admitted the baggie was his, authorities said.
Weaver, who shared a room in the residence with Robbins, attempted to exit through the basement but was subdued by Salem Police Officer Denny Bost. Inside Weaver's room officers discovered components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a large amount of suspected methamphetamine, firearms and other drug paraphernalia.
Robbins was found in the shower. Officers told her to cover herself with a towel and a female officer was brought in to secure her. Prior to their entry into the bathroom, officers heard the toilet flush. Officers found a snort tube and two baggies in the toilet. In Robbins' jeans and purse officers found quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.
In Robbins' truck officers found a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, drug paraphernalia and cash.
The owner of the residence, Steve McGuffey, was detained without incident.
Weaver, McGuffey, and Foster were taken to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. McGuffey was questioned and released. No charges are pending against him.
Weaver was charged with possession with the intent to deliver, a class Y felony; and possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony.
Foster was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony.
Robbins was taken to the Izard County jail. She is charged with possession with the intent to deliver, a class Y felony; two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, a class C felony; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use, a class C felony.
Foster's bond was set at $5,000. He posted bond March 10. Robbins' bond was set at $50,000 and Weaver's bond was set at $20,000. Both were still in custody at press time.
Foster, Robbins and Weaver will be arraigned April 1.