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13 arrested in Fulton, Izard drug busts

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Authorities seized 14 marijuana plants valued at $14,000 near Camp Sept. 9 after Fulton County Chief Deputy Carrol Traw spotted the plants in a garden. Traw was flying over the county during operation marijuana eradication.

The suspected owner of the plants, Phillip M. Hollis, 48, ran outside and pulled two plants from the garden in an attempt to conceal them before officers arrived, said 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Investigator Scott Russell.

When authorities arrived the two plants were recovered underneath a vehicle where Hollis had hidden them, Russell reported.

Inside the residence, in a rear bathroom, officers discovered two marijuana plants in a bucket with a large grow light over them with several one-gallon jugs of water on the floor. In the master bedroom officers discovered another grow light which was not in operation. Authorities also found in the corner of the bedroom another grow light covered up with aluminum foil and blankets.

Russell said Hollis admitted he was growing marijuana for his own personal use.

Hollis was arrested and transported to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. He was released Sept. 10 after posting bond of $5,000.

He has been charged with manufacture of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities seized items Sept. 8 in Wiseman used to manufacture methamphetamine, including a reaction vessel where the actual methamphetamine is made.

Agents with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force and Izard County Chief Deputy Ernie Blackley searched the home located at HC82 Box 65 on Izard County Road 55 owned by Vernon L. Moore, 45, said Russell.

Officers discovered chemicals, drug paraphernalia and an ammonia production along with finished methamphetamine. Agents were on the scene from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. when the search and cleanup were taken over by a HazMat team from Little Rock.

Moore was arrested and transported to the Izard County jail. He is on probation for manufacturing methamphetamine in Izard County on a previous offense.

He faces charges for manufacture of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use.

Moore was released Sept. 9 after posting bond of $75,000.

One pound of marijuana was seized during a traffic stop in Calico Rock Sept. 7.

As a result of the stop Izard County Deputy Jimmy Carter discovered marijuana valued in excess of $1,000.

Tonia R. Hatman, 33, of Calico Rock was arrested and transferred to the Izard County jail. She was released Sept. 9 after posting bond in the amount of $5,000.

She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana.

Two Salem women and a Hardy man were arrested Sept. 4 after allegedly delivering controlled substances to an undercover officer and confidential informant earlier this year, according to Russell.

Eric D. Faircloth met an undercover agent May 30 at the White Oak Station in Salem. Faircloth told the agent he had a prescription bottle containing Xanax.

The following day Faircloth contacted the agent again and sold him marijuana, Russell said.

Faircloth, 29, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, prescription medications, and delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.

A confidential informant contacted Anna F. Simpson to set up a controlled drug buy. Simpson allegedly gave the informant four prescription pills.

Simpson, 29, was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, Oxycontin and Hydrocodone, both prescription medications, Russell said.

Jenny Lynn Schumaker, 21, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana after allegedly selling the drug to an undercover agent May 30.

Faircloth, Simpson and Schumaker were released from the Fulton County jail after posting bond in the amount of $5,000 each.

Additional charges are expected to be filed, Russell said.

Two Horseshoe Bend men were arrested after officers seized components to manufacture methamphetamine during a traffic stop Sept. 15.

Horseshoe Bend Police Officer Carl Boles stopped James Henry Merwether, 39, and Stephen F. Horning, 39, who were traveling at a high rate of speed heading east on Highway 354.

Boles said he noted the vehicle tags had expired two months previously. Boles followed the Chevrolet S-10 pickup as it turned onto Hawk Lane. The vehicle then turned into the driveway at 1302 Summer Lane and came to a stop.

Boles followed the suspects to the residence and asked the driver for his driver's license but he told the officer his license was inside the house. Boles gave him permission to enter the house but when he returned he told Boles that he could not locate his license, Boles said.

The driver gave Boles an alias name along with a driver's license number. Dispatch discovered the license had been suspended.

Officer Mark Long arrived at the scene and both officers observed a duffel bag in the floor of the truck and several garbage bags in the back of the truck.

Both suspects gave officers permission to search the vehicle, Boles said.

Officers requested assistance from agents with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force after finding suspicious items in the bags.

The suspects told officers they found the bags in Wiseman where they had been looking for tin cans to sell for money.

Investigators Scott Russell and Brian Sanderson seized numerous items including cold tablets containing pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, coffee filters, ammonium nitrate, Red Devil Lye, salt and acid, Russell said.

While agents were searching the truck, officers searched the house. Boles and Long found pipes, spoons, rolling papers, lighters, scales, pipe fittings, three pill bottles full of seeds, plastic baggies and small vials. Authorities also found a piece of clear plastic with several blue pills on the headboard of the bed in a wooden bowl.

Formal charges are expected to be filed for possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Both men remain in the Horseshoe Bend jail awaiting transfer to the Izard County jail. No bond has been set at this time, Russell said.

Tony Delargy of Hardy was arrested Sept. 13 by Fulton County officers on a Horseshoe Bend warrant for failure to pay fines. Delargy was transported to the Horseshoe Bend Detention Center where he posted bond and was released.

Randy Johnston of Horseshoe Bend was arrested Sept. 13 on a warrant from Fulton County for failure to appear for a traffic stop. Johnston posted $965 bond and was released the same day.

Kelly Gleghorn of Horseshoe Bend was arrested Sept. 12 on a failure to appear warrant from Cherokee Village. The arrest was made by Horseshoe Bend officer Sasha Worsham. Gleghorn was released the same day.

Authorities conducted a surveillance on suspected drug locations in the Salem area and arrested a Salem man Sept. 14 after seizing 21 grams of pseudoephedrine.

Officers received a tip that Dan Kingston, 42, was trying to find someone to trade pseudoephedrine for methamphetamine or to assist him in the manufacture of it, said 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Investigator Scott Russell.

Surveillance of the suspect led to a traffic stop by officers on Highway 62 and the passenger in the car was identified as Kingston. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Mammoth Spring, Russell said.

During a search of the vehicle officers recovered pseudoephedrine that had been washed and prepared for manufacturing methamphetamine. Officers then conducted a search of Kingston's residence and located items of drug paraphernalia including snort tubes, a straight-edge razor blade and rolling papers, Russell said.

Kingston was charged with over-possession of pseudoephedrine and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use.

He was transported to the Fulton County jail where he remains with bond set at $5,000.

Authorities arrested a Salem man Sept. 12 and seized items suspected of being stolen or purchased with stolen credit cards.

Officers with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and Mammoth Spring Police Department arrested Jason Ray Williams, 33, during a followup burglary investigation, Russell said.

Officers seized the items at an apartment in Mammoth Spring and recovered marijuana, items of drug paraphernalia and a set of brass knuckles, Russell said.

Williams has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal use of a prohibited weapon.

Bond for Williams was set at $50,000. He remains in the Fulton County jail.

The investigation into the burglary is continuing; authorities expected to arrest an additional suspect on drug charges stemming from the investigation, Russell said.

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