Woman on probation arrested in drug bust

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Mammoth Spring woman has been charged with multiple felonies and a misdemeanor following a drug bust on Tate Street on Sunday, Aug. 8.

Over the last several months, the 16th Judicial Task Force had been receiving information from both the Mammoth Spring and Thayer Police Departments regarding suspected drug activity at the home of Judith Warren on Tate Street in Mammoth Spring.

Probation/Parole Officer Gary Clayton, along with the assistance of Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis, conducted a home visit on Aug. 8 and found four people inside the house.

One man, later identified as Brian O'Neal Richardson, was observed attempting to conceal something in his pants.

Davis ordered Richardson to place his hands where he could see them and then began to pat him down for weapons. At this time according to reports, Richardson jerked away from Davis and a scuffle ensued.

Following the altercation, Davis found a small plastic container which held two small plastic corner baggies tied at the top and containing an off-white powder. Davis also discovered knives, loose change and a packet of syringes.

Richardson was taken into custody and transported to the Fulton County Jail pending further investigation.

Upon a further search of the Warren residence, a lock box containing $237, a syringe, a plastic pen with residue on it, a small glass vial with residue on it and a pill container with a variety of pills was discovered. Also found were a Tylenol bottle with unmarked blue pills, numerous items of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to smoking devices, syringes, small ziplock bags and a glass vial with white residue.

The investigating officers identified the white powder found as methamphetamine, and it was later discovered that the blue pills found were morphine. A small amount of marijuana was also identified.

All the confiscated evidence has been sent to the state crime lab for further analysis.

Warren has been charged with felony counts of: possession of a controlled substance (morphine); possession of a controlled substance (valium); possession of a controlled substance (xanax); possession of a controlled substance (klonopin); possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; and possession of a prescribed narcotic drug outside of the container in which it was dispensed. Warren has also been charged with a misdemeanor of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond.

Richardson has been charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use. He is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail without bond.

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