The arrest of a women by Ash Flat police officer Mary Wanley Dec. 21, led officials to a methamphetamine (meth) lab in Cherokee Village.
According to the affidavit of arrest, Wanley pulled the woman over because her vehicle matched the description of one given for a woman who attempted to pass a stolen check at the Dollar General store in Highland. After Wanely received information from dispatch that the woman was wanted in West Memphis, she arrested the woman and asked permission to search the woman's car.
The report said that Wanley found the stolen checkbook along with several items the woman had just purchased with a stolen check at Walmart. Wanley also found a loaded syringe and a small bottle containing suspected meth.
The woman was transported to the Sharp County Jail where she later admitted the substance was meth and that she had purchased it from a man named Jimmie Lamb the night before. The woman also told officials that Lamb had a meth lab set up in a house in Cherokee Village.
According to the affidavit, after receiving the information officers learned that the house mentioned was vacant and that it was listed for sale with a local real estate company. After obtaining permission to search the house, officers went to the property located on Natchez Circle in Cherokee Village.
Once inside the house, Ash Flat officer Anthony Wiles located several items used in the manufacture of meth. According to the report, Wiles then contacted Detective Sergeant Mark Counts to advise him of the situation. Counts and Cherokee Village Officer Shane Hightower responded to the house and secured the residence.
The report stated that Hightower advised there was a container under the house and other items were located in the kitchen. Counts looked under the house and found a plastic pitcher with coffee filters and a lid on top of it. According to the report, there was a bi-layered liquid that consisted of lye, lithium strips and a clear liquid.
Several other items known to be used in the manufacture of meth were found. Counts contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to request a clean up team. Cherokee Village Chief of Police Jason French said he also contacted Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) in compliance with the law. ADEQ will flag the residence as hazardous until the proper steps are taken to decontaminate the house.
According to the report, Counts received a call the next day from Parole Officer Amanda Sublett advising him that Lamb was in her office. Sublett escorted Lamb to Count's office where Counts read Lamb his miranda rights and Lamb signed a statement agreeing to talk to Counts.
Counts advised Lamb that officers had found a meth lab in a house on Natchez Circle and that fingerprints were obtained from the items. According to the affidavit, Lamb then admitted to having been at the house in the past looking for copper and collecting arrow heads. When Counts talked to Lamb about the meth lab telling him it would be easier to admit it was his than to have to have the fingerprints processed, Lamb admitted that the lab was his.
Lamb said he was there the previous Saturday and that was the only time he had cooked meth at the house. Counts asked Lamb where he got the pills to cook the meth and Lamb said he had people get them for him and that he used 100 pills. The report stated that Lamb said when he was finished cooking the meth he had approximately 19 grams of the drug and that he sold some of it and had used the rest.
A warrant was issued for Lamb and he was arrested on Jan. 6. Lamb appeared before District Judge Mark Johnson and a bond was set at $65,000 cash or property.