Heather Lynn Basham Mikel, 31, has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance -- methamphetamine, a class A felony; Cynthia L. Boehm, 44, (also known as Cindy L. Vaughn and Cindy L. Thompson) has been charged with use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony, and conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance -- methamphetamine, a class A felony; and Dennis L. Stamper Jr., 28 (also known as DJ Stamper and Richard Turnbull) has been charged with use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia, a class C felony, and conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance -- methamphetamine, a class A felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest, Investigator James Humphrey with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force received information on Jan. 24, about an illicit methanphetamine lab said to be in operation south of Oxford, just off State Highway 9, on the dirt road beside the recycling center. Cpl. Ronnie Stewart with the Arkansas State Police said that he had received information that four individuals were involved in the cooking of the meth. These four individuals were known only by their first names -- Jo, Jay, Heather and Devon.
Cpl. Stewart also stated that Heather and Devon, who were assisting in the cooks, had been staying with Jessica Basham's mother in apartment 22 of the Meadows Apartments in Salem. Inv. Humphrey then began to investigate apartment 22 in Salem as well as the residence on Green Acres Road in Izard County.
The affidavit states that investigators learned that three people were staying at the Meadows Apartment: a white female Cynthia L. Boehm, a white male called by the name of DJ, and a white male James Vaughn. It was believed that that the male, DJ, was Cindy's nephew and had warrants for his arrest in Missouri. Humphrey contacted a Missouri Drug Task Force Investigator who advised that a Dennis Stamper Jr., who goes by the name DJ, had active warrants out of Texas County and Green County, Missouri for child support and theft.
According to the affidavit, in a post Miranda statement, Stamper told officers that Heather Basham-Mikel and Devon Mikel had been staying with him and Cindy (Boehm) at the Meadows Apartment and all of them had cooked meth at the apartment. He told the officers he knew they were staying with a guy named Jay in Oxford.
The Missouri Drug Task Force was contacted again and authorities were told that Devon Mikel and Heather Basham-Mikel both had warrants for their arrests out of Rolla, Mo., in Phillips County for manufacturing methamphetamine.
On Feb. 2, Inv. Humphrey and Cpl. Stewart learned that Devon Mikel had gone back to Missouri to get more pills to do another meth cook and that Heather Basham-Mikel was at the residence on Green Acres Road.
Authorities went to the residence near Oxford and made contact at the front door with Jo Allen Campbell. Inv. Humphrey advised Campbell that he had information that Basham-Mikel was at the residence and that they had a warrant for her arrest. Inv. Humphrey and Cpl. Stewart took Basham-Mikel into custody from the warrants from Missouri.
Campbell, who owns and lives at the residence, gave written consent for authorities to search the residence. Campbell told Inv. Humphrey that there was a large black duffel bag and a blue Walmart bag that belonged to Basham-Mikel in the immediate area. As Inv. Humphrey searched the bags he found items he recognized as being used in the manufacturing of meth. Located were numerous coffee filters, three plastic funnels, lengths of clear plastic tubing, two paper bags each containing an off-white powder susbstance, assorted hand tools for cutting lithium batteriers open, one bottle of hydrogen peroxide and one bottle of isopropyl alcohol.
Inside Basham-Mikel's purse were two syringes, a length of plastic tubing, numerous small zip-lock bags and a Missouri ID card in the name of Heather Lynn Basham.
As Inv. Humphrey searched the residence, he located a small amount of marijuana, some marijuana smoking devices, a glass smoking device with burned residue for smoking meth, a glass marijuana smoking device and two syringes that Campbell and Walter J. Schneider said belonged to them, according to the affidavit.
Inv. Humphrey had already obtained information that Jo Allen Campbell, Heather Basham-Mikel and Walter (Jay) Schneider had all purchased Sudafed and/or Pseudoephedrine within the last month, the affidavit states.
In separate post Miranda statements, Campbell and Schneider said that a girl with the first name Holly had asked if Heather and Devon could stay with them. Campbell said they claimed to be homeless. Campbell and Schneider both admitted to purchasing a box of pills each for Heather and Devon. Campbell said she knew they were going to cook meth with the pills but denied seeing any drugs. Campbell said she did not know where they cooked the meth but that the two had friends in Horseshoe Bend and Salem.
Schneider also said he did not know where they went to cook the meth, but said it couldn't have been far and that they had talked about going into the nearby woods. Schneider said in the statement that Heather and Devon left with two black bags and when they returned to the house they had meth with them. He estimated they had two to three grams at the most and that he received a quarter to a half gram of meth out of that amount. Schneider said he thought that Heather and Devon used the rest of the drugs themselves.
In a post Miranda statement at the Izard County Jail, Heather Basham-Mikel told Inv. Humphrey that she and her husband, Devon Mikel, had been staying at the residence with Campbell and Schneider for a week to a week and a half. Basham-Mikel stated that she and her husband had purchased pills and had gone into the woods beside the residence to cook the meth for their personal use. Basham-Mikel said that after the cook was completed, she and her husband burned most of the items and that the stuff in her bags and purse were items that she had kept to keep anyone else from using them in another cook.
On Feb. 3, Cpl. Stewart received information that Cynthia Boehm, living at 22 Meadows Apartments in Salem, was attempting to dispose of a duffle bag containing numerous items that had been used in the manufacturing process of meth. Cpl. Stewart, ASP Investigator Jeff Stone, Inv. Humphrey, Salem Police Officer Johnny Byler and Chief Albert Roork went to the apartment.
A signed consent to search was obtained by Inv. Stone and shortly after Cynthia Boehmn was advised of her Miranda rights. Inv. Humphrey asked Boehm if Dennis Stamper Jr. had left anything at the residence when he was arrested there Feb.1. Boehm showed them to a closet between the bedroom and bathroom as if there might be articles of interest inside. Boehm also stated that another unknown male had left a bag in the shed outside. When shown a photograph, Boehm identified the unknown male as Devon Mikel.
While searching the shed he observed several articles he knew to be used in the manufacturing of meth. Some of the articles observed by Inv. Humphrey were two empty punched starter fluid cans, a glass jar tied inside a white plastic bag containing a one gallon plastic zip-lock bag with a strong chemical odor. There was also a black plastic trash bag containing two empty pseudoephedrine boxes, a white plastic bag containing the remains of numerous lithium batteries, numerous empty blister packages, numerous wet coffee filters with unknown sediment, several lengths of black electrical tape, two styrofoam plates with blue-green granular residue, one Pepsi wrapper from a plastic bottle and one used syringe wrapper.
There was also a camouflage duffle backpack containing six plastic bottles of assorted sizes, three lengths of clear plastic tubing with residue, one Anacin bottle containing suspected lithium and one Marlboro Lights cigarette box containing an Energizer Ultimate Lithium battery.
Located in the kitchen area and inside the cabinet was one full 11 ounce canister of Polar Premium Starter Fluid and two 26 ounce Clover Valley Iodized Salt containers. Under the sink were one 32 ounce bottle of Liquid Lightning drain opener, one glass jar with a strong chemical odor. In the refrigerator was four Medline Cold Compresses.
Located in a purple make-up bag were two syringes, one metal spoon with residue, one metal Myntz tin containing one small zip-lock bag with powder residue, a black purse containing a Missouri driver's license for Cynthia L. Boehm, six used syringes, one metal spoon, several Q-tips and several plastic bags.
Located in the closet by the bathroom were two metal spoons with suspected narcotic matter/residue.
In a post Miranda statement on Feb. 3 at the Fulton County Jail, Boehm gave a written statement to Inv. Stone and Cpl. Stewart. In summary of that written statement Boehm first stated that she had become suspicious of Dennis (DJ) Stamper, his girlfriend Heather Basham-Mikel and Devon Mikel being involved in making meth and had told them not to do anything in her house. That about a week ago she came home and the apartment smelled of a strong ether odor. She stated that when she asked about it she was told they were cleaning something. When they left, Heather asked her if they could leave a camouflage bag in her storage room and she told them they could, but she had no idea what was in the bag. Boehm then stated the DJ, Heather and Devon all three went into her bathroom and were in there three or four hours. She witnessed DJ releasing the pressure off a one liter Pepsi bottle during the later stages of the cook. That she had furnished a cold pack and one box of pills for this particular cook and she had shot up one or two times. Boehm went on to say that the others were shooting up all the time and they stayed up for a week. That she used money provided by them to buy cold packs and pills and when she got those items she gave them to Heather.
On Feb. 4, in another post Miranda statement at the Izard County Jail, Basham-Mikel told Inv. Humphrey that they had cooked meth at the apartment one time before Christmas and that after returning from Missouri, DJ Stamper had helped them cook up all the supplies they had at the time except the nitrate found in her possession. She also claimed that Boehm knew everything that was going on at the apartment.
Stamper was transported to the Greene County, Mo., Jail where his bond was set at $7,000 for the theft charges. Boehm was taken to the Fulton County Jail where she was released on a $10,000 bond. Basham-Mikel were transported to the Izard County Jail where her bond was set at $20,000.