On Thursday, Feb. 25, officers with the Arkansas State Police, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Fulton County Sheriff's department executed a search warrant at the residence of Steven Glenn Russell in Mammoth Spring and found instruments used to manufacture methamphetamine.
During the search, officers identified a container of bi-layered liquid having a camp fuel odor. Through their training, officers knew that manufacturers of methamphetamine utilize a solvent, such as camp fuel, to extract the methamphetamine from the manufacturing process in the form of oil, which will appear as a bi-layer solution.
Officers also identified drain opener (a form of sulphuric acid), disassembled cold packs (a form of ammonia nitrate), numerous cold tablet packages (pseudoephedrine and/or ephedrine), clear tubing, plastic soda bottles which gave off a chemical odor and contained a white granular substance, several empty Coleman camp fuel containers, coffee filters, empty containers of salt, heating devices and numerous remains of stripped lithium batteries.
Officers also located zip lock bags which had their corners removed; this action is commonly done by suspects to use the "corner baggies" for distributing illegal narcotics.
Officers found numerous glass smoking devices with burned suspected narcotic residue and aluminum foil with burned suspected narcotic residue, both types of items commonly known to be used to consume methamphetamine.
Officers also found approximately 10.7 grams of a powder substance that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
Found in a vehicle parked in front of the Russell residence was a sawed off shotgun with no serial number.
When Russell arrived at the residence, officers located a 30-30 rifle within his possession. Officers interviewed Russell and during his post-Miranda statement, he confessed that he was familiar with how to manufacture methamphetamine and that he had cooked methamphetamine numerous times over the past year using the "Shake and Bake" method of manufacturing.
Russell also led officers through his residence and around his yard, assisting them with locating items he had used to manufacture the methamphetamine. Russell admitted that he had been previously convicted of a felony of a controlled substance, and a check of his criminal history showed a disposition of guilty dated Jan. 26, 2001, for the possession of a controlled substance out of Craighead County Circuit Court.
Russell has been charged with 12 felony counts: seven counts of manufacture of a controlled substance -- methamphetamine; one count of use or possession with the intent to use drug paraphenalia with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine; one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver -- methamphetamine; one count of possession with the intent to use drug paraphenalia; one count of felon in possession of a firearm; and one count of criminal use or possession of prohibited weapons.