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Meth lab seized in Evening Shade

Thursday, June 26, 2008

An  Evening Shade man is in the Sharp County Jail after police found a meth lab in his home June 13.

Mark Anthony Stanford, 36, is charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in the presence of minors, a class Y felony.

He is being held in lieu of a $55,000 bond as set by Sharp County District Court Judge Mark Johnson.

If he is found guilty, the charge is punishable with a possible 10 year sentence.

On June 13, Arkansas State Police investigator Janet Cooper notified the Sharp County Sheriff's Office that she had reason to believe that Stanford was manufacturing methamphetamine at the home he shares with his family, according to information contained in the arrest affidavit prepared by Drug Task Force Investigator Rickey Crook.

County officers went to Standford's home on Evening Shade Drive and obtained permission from Stanford to search the house.

"As a result of the voluntary search several items of evidence include, but not limited to, the following (were found): numerous glass containers with bi-layer liquids, several glass jars with the lids rusted that the ph showed to be acidic, red stained mixing bowls, soaked matchbook striker plates, bottles of iodine. This affiant has seen these same items and activity where red phosphorous clandestine methamphetamine labs were discovered," Crook wrote.

Standford later told Crook he had learned how to make methamphetamine about three years ago. He said he was shown how to make the drug from a person he knew. He said he learned additional information about the manufacture of the drug from books and the Internet.

"He stated that he just made it for his own use, that he did not sell it," Crook wrote. "Mark stated to me that he had cooked about two grams about one month ago and had just been too lazy to get rid of the stuff."

Representatives of the Department of Human Services came to the home and took custody of one male and one female, both thought to be under age 10, who lived in the home. Stanford was transported to the Sharp County Jail.

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