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Drug, theft charges filed against former Mammoth man

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Drug charges have been filed against a former Mammoth Spring man who is alleged to have stolen a Jeep Cherokee and produced illegal drugs.

Edwin D. Washam, 48, has been charged with possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine and the unauthorized use of another person's property to facilitate a crime.

The charges were filed in Fulton County Circuit Court March 21 and stem from an incident in northern Fulton County March 12. According to an affidavit filed with the Fulton County Clerk's Office, on March 12 Mammoth Spring Police Chief Mike Davis received information from Marty Wooldridge who lives on Highway 289, just south of the city. Wooldridge told him that on March 11 Edwin Washam arrived at his home in the afternoon. He knew Washam as they had grown up together.

Wooldridge said he felt sorry for him because Washam said his family had thrown him out and he needed to lie down on the couch for a couple of hours. He also said that Washam told him his parents had thrown him out because he had been caught making phosphorous in the basement. According to the affidavit, Washam offered Wooldridge what appeared to be meth but Wooldridge did not take it and told him he "did not do that stuff." Wooldridge said he left the house, then returned the next day to find suspicious activity in his home, including the removal of the burners and drip pans from his stove.

He went to town and located police officers who contacted investigators with the Drug Task Force. They searched the residence and recovered numerous items used in the manufacture of meth including hundreds of boxes of matches, a jar with red sludge (phosphorus iodine and pseudoephedrine), empty containers of HEET and brake cleaner, a soda bottle containing a clear liquid, coffee filters and other items. Investigator Scott Russell said he thinks the items were used in the manufacture of meth.

Bonnie Gildersleeve of Mammoth Spring also reported the theft of a 1992 Jeep Cherokee. Gildersleeve said she and her husband Bill had the truck for sale and Edwin Washam came to their place of business March 10 wanting to buy it. She said he agreed to pay them $1,000 as a down payment and make the rest of the payments weekly. He took the truck for a test drive and they never saw it again until a few weeks ago, according to Bonnie Gildersleeve.

Gildersleeve reported the truck stolen on April 1.

Officer Jamie Turnbough was patrolling in Mammoth Spring May 18 when he noticed the vehicle parked at the rear of a residence located at Sixth and Main Streets.

Officers arrested Washam at the home and determined the vehicle was the stolen Jeep belonging to Gildersleeve. Upon searching the vehicle they found certain items consistent with the manufacture of meth, including several hypodermic needles and a glass container that field tested positive for meth, according to authorities.

On May 23 Washam was charged with manufacture of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use. Washam posted a bond of $25,000 May 25.

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