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Fulton County authorities busy with drug arrests

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Allegedly stealing a small safe full of prescription drugs from Agnos residence led to the arrest of a Mountain Home man May 8.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department received a phone call from an Agnos resident who said there had been a theft at his residence. The resident gave a description of the vehicle and a possible direction of travel.

The sheriff's office dispatched Deputy Kevin Burns in the direction of the vehicle. Burns located the vehicle and made an investigative stop.

Burns identified the occupants of the vehicle as Zachariah Zelk, 25, of Mountain Home and Jeremy Witt of Baxter County.

Burns asked Zelk and Witt if they had been to the Agnos residence. The two said they had, according to authorities.

Burns received consent to search the vehicle as well as the persons of Zelk and Witt. Burns found a used hypodermic needle and silver spoon in Zelk's front left pocket, according to authorities. The silver spoon had black residue on it. Burns located a small safe containing a variety of pills mixed in numerous bottles, authorities said.

In a May 9 interview with Drug Task Force investigators John Scarbrough and Jimmy Carter, Zelk said he and Witt had gone to the residence to buy some prescription pills. Zelk said he made a drug purchase for a little over $100, authorities said.

Zelk said after making the purchase he took three of the pills and as he left the residence he took the safe, authorities said. Zelk said he and Witt went to another residence for a few minutes and visited a female before heading back to Mountain Home.

Zelk faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, Oxycotin, a schedule II narcotic, a class Y felony; possession of a controlled substance, Vicoprofen, a schedule III drug, a class B felony; possession of a controlled substance, Hydrocodone, a schedule III drug, a class B felony; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, Endocet, a class Y felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Xanex, a class C felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Roxicodone, a class Y felony; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, Klonopin, a class C felony; possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony; and theft of property, a class A misdemeanor.

Zelk is currently out on bond. His arraignment is scheduled for July 7 at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Witt was not charged because he was just with Zelk and did not actively participate in the crime, said Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger.

Dillinger said no charges have been brought against the resident of the home in which the drugs were allegedly purchased. He said the resident claimed Zelk stole the drugs and that none were sold.

A Salem man is facing charges stemming from a May 11 incident at his residence in Salem.

Fulton County Deputy Jason Martin and Salem Police Officer Mark Long went to the residence of Billy Joe Hines, 26, of Salem and his wife, after being informed that a man Martin had picked up earlier in the day had been caught making a marijuana delivery for Hines.

Long and Martin asked the Hineses and their children to step outside the residence where they said they had information that Billy Hines sold marijuana.

Salem Police Chief Albert Roork arrived and spoke to Hines, showing him a consent to search form, which Hines signed after stating he understood what it meant.

According to police reports, Hines led officers to his bedroom and handed them a green backpack with a blue Sentry lock box. He told officers that was all he had. Authorities said they found several items of drug paraphernalia and a gallon-size zip-lock baggie containing compressed green vegetable material. The weight of the material was 4.1 ounces.

The officers collected the items of evidence then transported the Hinses and their children to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.

Drug Task Force investigator John Scarbrough arrived and looked at the evidence, finding the green material to be consistent with marijuana.

Scarbrough said Hines told him he had sold the marijuana for several months to help pay the bills because he hadn't had a job since late 2005. He said Hines said he purchases marijuana by the pound and added that he sold most of it before the officers' arrival.

Hines also said he soaked the stems in Isopropyl alcohol so he could make some hash, according to police.

The items of evidence in the case will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.

Two Texans are facing drug charges after allegedly selling marijuana and ice in Salem.

Sidney Rex Rutledge, 36, and Kimberly Lynn Franke, 35, both of Euless, Texas, are alleged to have been on the way to Thayer, Mo., when they were stopped by State Trooper Ronnie Stewart. Stewart said he obtained permission to search the vehicle where he found 1.1 ounces of marijuana and a glass smoking device.

Franke is alleged to have sold ice methamphetamine earlier at an apartment located at the Salem Housing Authority. Rutledge is alleged to have sold a two baggies of marijuana for $40 at the same residence prior to the methamphetamine deal.

Rutledge and Franke are currently out on bond.



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