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Izard meth suspect at large

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

    Four suspects from Izard County were arrested and one suspect is still at large after methamphetamine components were seized March 15.
    Arkansas State Police Cpl. Bill Ditto stopped Christina Wax on a traffic violation at Pleasant Grove in Stone County and discovered she had outstanding misdemeanor warrants filed in Stone County.
    Wax, of Guion, was arrested and officers searched her vehicle, discovering components of a methamphetamine lab.
    Investigators obtained a search and seizure warrant for the residence Wax shares with John W. Williamson, located in Izard County near Guion. More components of a methamphetamine lab were discovered at the home.
    Williamson was not at the residence at the time of the raid, said Dale Weaver, administrator of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, but authorities have a warrant for his arrest.
    Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz and his deputies secured the scene. During that time Larry Joe Herring of Izard County arrived at the scene. Officers searched his vehicle. and discovered more components of a methamphetamine lab.
    Herring was arrested and transported to the Izard County jail; however, Martz was not able to hold him in Izard because the jail was full. Herring was transported to the Stone County jail where bond was set at $15,000.
    Weaver said Herring and Wax are being charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, a class B felony. Both of their bonds have been set at $10,000 in Izard County.
    Martz said his jail does not have facilities for women so Stone County would hold Wax until she pays her bond or appears in court.
    Another search and seizure on the same day was made when an officer of the Mountain View Police Department and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrested Ricky L. Schiltz, 40, and Melissa D. Williams, 29, both of Guion.
    Officers followed up on a tip about the suspects purchasing items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Officers searched the suspects' vehicle and found components used to manufacture methamphetamine.
    Both have been formally charged with use or possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture. Weaver said Schiltz is currently on parole in California.
    Weaver said, "This shows what a serious methamphetamine problem we have in this area. We are flooding the judicial system with this problem."
    Weaver said the drug task force had surveillance on another lab in Stone County and raided it March 18.

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