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Viola man charged with drug possession

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Staff Writer

A Viola man is facing a variety of felony drug charges after law enforcement officials raided his home May 24.

Richard Neal Holstine, 31, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony; manufacture of marijuana, a class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, a class C felony; and simultaneous possession of drugs and guns, a class Y felony.

According to an affidavit released by 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Scott Russell, agents from the drug task force, Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police obtained a search warrant for Holstine's home after suspicious activity was reported there.

Russell said when officers raided Holstine's room they found a plastic baggie full of methamphetamine within reach of a loaded .17-caliber rifle.

He said officers found marijuana starter plants in the kitchen and a small amount of marijuana in Holstine's pocket.

In other parts of the house and yard law enforcement officials found amounts of pseudoephedrine, Red Devil Lye, camp fuel, ammonium nitrate, lithium batteries, funnels, two gas cylinders and other drug paraphernalia. Russell said these items are commonly used in the "Nazi" method of methamphetamine production.

Holstine was transferred from his home to the Fulton County jail. A female and juvenile were questioned at the scene but were released. Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz said the two were friends of Holstine's and were not related.

Holstine's bond was set at $50,000. He posted bond May 25 and will be arraigned June 7.

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