Ash Flat police officers discovered a methamphetamine lab in the trunk of a vehicle in Ash Flat June 11.
According to a report supplied by Officer Steven Powell, Powell pulled over a Jeep Cherokee around 11:50 p.m., that was driving recklessly through the parking lot of Mr. Fuel and Citgo in Ash Flat.
When the driver, Emily Ferguson, 34, of Jonesboro was asked about her erratic driving, she told Powell she was mad at the driver in the Mercury Cougar in front of her who kept running off and leaving her.
After running Ferguson's license through the Arkansas Crime Information Center it was determined that her license was suspended. At this time, Powell said she became very upset and told him she had just got out of jail for driving on a suspended license. Because both the driver and passenger Sarah Robinette, 23, of Jonesboro, appeared very nervous, Powell called Officer Braden Ables who was off duty for backup.
When asked who owned the vehicle they were driving, both suspects indicated that the owner was the driver of the Mercury Cougar which they were following.
Powell then requested Ables to stop the Cougar as it was attempting to leave the parking lot. The driver, Carlos Burdyshaw, 33, of Jonesboro admitted to owning the vehicle and a check on Burdyshaw's license determined he was on parole, and had a warrant for parole violation.
After taking Burdyshaw into custody, Officer Ables, and Cherokee Village Officer Wendall Lane conducted an "incident to arrest search" of the vehicle. Powell said that when Ables was searching the trunk, he noticed him, "choking, coughing and gasping for air." He said Ables, then ran to the side of the vehicle and vomited.
Powell then called Ash Flat Police Chief Anthony Wiles to advised him of the possible methamphetamine lab in the trunk of Burdyshaw's vehicle.
Powell said he then read both females their Miranda Rights and both admitted to knowing about the lab in the trunk of the vehicle. After advising Burdyshaw of his Miranda Rights, he stated that the did not understand them and Powell said that no questions were asked of him. Burdyshaw was then turned over to Officer Mike Zeiger with the Drug Task Force.
According to an inmate charge history report provided by the Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Burdyshaw was on parole for two 1998 cases in which he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance (crystal meth over 28 grams), manufacture of a controlled substance (crystal meth), possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, theft by receiving (firearms) and criminal possession of explosives.
Wiles said Burdyshaw was charged with four felony counts including manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officer Powell said he would like to especially thank Officer Ables, for his quick response and said, that if it weren't for his assistance, "The vehicle with the meth lab would have gotten away." He said with the cooperation of Lane, Officer Mary Wanley with the Ash Flat Police Department and Zeiger, they were able to seize approximately eight grams of methamphetamine.