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Two arrested in Izard for drugs

Thursday, May 1, 2003

Authorities seized illegal drugs April 25 when an Independence County man fled to Izard County during a traffic stop north of Cushman.

Cushman City Marshal Jim Medlin attempted to make a traffic stop when the vehicle driven by Keith McMahan of Batesville fled north into Izard County where it later crashed on a county road, said DTF chief investigator Scott Russell

Medlin observed the suspect run from the vehicle and identified him when they discovered the wallet in the truck with McMahan's driver's license.

The officer discovered suspected drugs and items used to manufacture drugs in the vehicle. Medlin contacted agents with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force to assist with the investigation.

Russell said agents found a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, a large amount of processed pseudoephedrine that had been prepared to cook along with chemicals used in the manufacturing process.

The vehicle was impounded and McMahan was taken into custody two days later at the Independence County jail.

Investigator Afton Fletcher said McMahan fled because he had outstanding felony warrants in Independence County.

The suspect will face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; fleeing; and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. No bond has been set at this time, Fletcher said.

The following day Arkansas State Troopers Charles Hubbard and Todd Shaw were working in Izard County when they stopped Darren Edward Smith, 29, of Melbourne. Officers discovered and seized a large amount of suspected marijuana along with a sizeable amount of United States currency, Russell said. Troopers contacted 16th Drug Task Force agents for assistance and arrested Smith. He was transported to the Izard County jail on charges of DWI, driving with a suspended driver's licenses, no automobile tags, driving left of center and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. No bond has been set, according to the sheriff's office.

The drug task force recently received $1,000 from the Wal-Mart Foundation, Russell said. The money will be used to purchase digital cameras for the investigators. Russell said he approached Wal-Mart two months ago about the possibility of a donation to assist the department.

Russell said the money is appreciated because funds are very limited during this time of budget cuts.

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