Evening Shade man faces drug charges

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Police arrested an Evening Shade man on drug charges after authorities went to his home to question him about recent burglaries.

Douglas M. Crowley, 24, is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.

Officers executed the search warrant at his home on Spring Street in Evening Shade Oct. 2 after officers went to his home to question him and noticed drugs and paraphernalia lying in plain view inside the home, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.

Weaver and Deputy Mark Counts received a tip that Crowley might have information about a morning burglary of a home on Shands Road where three guns were stolen, the sheriff said. They also were seeking information regarding the Sept. 26 burglary of the Evening Shade VFW, he said.

When questioned about the thefts, Crowley showed Weaver five guns, one of which had been stolen from Idaho, Weaver said. While showing the sheriff the guns he opened a gun case and a plastic bag with marijuana fell out of the case, Weaver said. The sheriff also noticed a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine on the end of a couch inside the home. The officers left, obtained a search warrant and went back to Crowley's home and seized methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia and a firearm locked in a safe in Crowley's room, Weaver said.

Crowley's friend, Jeffrey Shankle, 19, of Batesville, was also at the home. Shankle was arrested on an outstanding warrant for the burglary of a home west of Cave City, Weaver said.

As a result of the theft investigations, Shankle was charged Oct. 3 in the VFW burglary along with Vernon J.W. Humphries, 19, of Cave City, Weaver said.

Officers also arrested Jason McKenzie, 20, of Evening Shade who allegedly broke into the home on Shands Road with a friend.

One of the firearms from the Shands Road home has been recovered, Weaver said.

McKenzie also had an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass. He and a friend allegedly entered a home on Highway 58 near Williford Sept. 26 and left a bag of marijuana behind while running from police.

McKenzie and his accomplice allegedly returned two days later and removed the air conditioner to retrieve the bag.

The cases are still under investigation.

A 17-year-old female was also arrested in the theft investigations. Her name was not released.

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