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DTF arrests 5 in Fulton

Thursday, January 29, 2004

The 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force has arrested five persons in Fulton County since Jan. 16.

After executing a search warrant Jan. 17 on White Rock Lane south of Mammoth Spring and finding suspected marijuana, items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, controlled prescription medication and items of drug paraphernalia, DTF officers arrested Donald Gene Smith, 21, and Debra Ann Ford, 41, both of Mammoth Spring.

Smith was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was taken to Fulton County jail where he was released on a $5,000 bond.

Ford, who lives at the residence that was searched, was formally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use, two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and endangering the welfare of a minor. She also faces enhancements under the habitual offender code.

Ford was taken to Fulton County Sheriff's Department and transferred to Izard County jail. Fulton County cannot hold female prisoners in its jail. Her bond has been set at $75,000.

A warrant has been issued for Earl Glen Carroll also of the same address. The warrant charges Carroll with various violations. Carroll was not at home at the time of the search and has not been apprehended. The investigation is ongoing. Mammoth Spring Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas State Police assisted in the search and arrests.

James Douglas Estes, 22, of Ash Flat was arrested Jan. 20 near Agnos. Two large plastic baggies of suspected marijuana were found in his vehicle. Following the arrest, officers went to Ash Flat to meet with investigators of the 3rd Judicial District Drug Task Force and to search Estes' home. Officers found more baggies containing suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his room.

Estes was taken to Fulton County jail where he was charged Jan. 21 with possession of a controlled substance -- marijuana -- with intent to deliver, driving on a suspended driver's license and criminal impersonation for giving officers a false name and driver's license number.

His bond was set at $5,000 on the Fulton County charges. He will be sent to Sharp County jail pending arraignment there. In Sharp County Estes is to face charges of possession of a controlled substance -- marijuana --with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to use. The investigation is ongoing. ASP and Fulton County Sheriff's Department assisted in the arrest.

DTF, ASP and Fulton County Sheriff's Department officers searched Jan. 16 the home of Gary Bryant on Young Road in Fulton County. Suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found. Bryant was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of an instrument of crime. Bryant will appear in district court.

A routine traffic stop Jan. 18 on Highway 289 led ASP Cpl. Ronnie Stewart to arrest Renee Lynn Miller, 41.

Stewart found suspected marijuana, a smoking device and used hypodermic needles. Miller was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of an instrument of crime. The case was turned over to DTF Investigator Scott Russell for further investigation. Miller will appear in district court.

On Jan. 20 Cherokee Village Police Department called Fulton County Sheriff's Department when it discovered items suspected in the manufacture of methamphetamine. DTF agents recovered several items used to make methamphetamine and anhydrous ammonia. The items have been discarded in the rural, Fulton County portion of Cherokee Village.

The area was cleaned up and the investigation is ongoing.



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