September ushered in a big start to the month for law enforcement in Sharp and Lawrence counties. Seven Sharp County residents were arrested in separate incidences for drug and alcohol offenses from Sept. 2-4 by officials from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Third Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police and Ravenden Police Department.
According to a press release provided by Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver, on Sept. 2, officers with the Sharp County Sheriff's office, Arkansas State Police and the Third Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of Don and Allison Mathias in Poughkeepsie. Officers located a stolen laptop computer which had been reported stolen from an area business. Also recovered, was a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms.
Don Mathias, 51, and Allison Mathias, 51, were taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, theft by receiving and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. In addition, Don Mathias was charged as a felon in possession of firearms.
David Bates, 27, of Poughkeepsie was also taken into custody and is currently being held in the Sharp County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine and marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
According to a report submitted by Ravenden Police Chief Timothy McComas, on Sept. 3, Matthew J. Sullivan, 45, of Hardy was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint set up on U.S. Highway 63 in conjunction with the Arkansas State Police and Ravenden Police Department. Sullivan was stopped after trying to go around officers working the checkpoint. Sullivan was found to have a suspended driver's license as well as a loaded rifle beside him. Sullivan was arrested for driving on a suspended driver's license, his truck was inventoried and towed.
During the process of searching the truck, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located. The drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated and the truck and gun were seized by the Ravenden Police Department.
Sullivan was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and driving on a suspended license.
In a separate arrest by the Ravenden Police Department, on Sept. 4, two Sharp County men were arrested on drug related charges.
Following a traffic stop by Ravenden Police Officer Scotty Dail, Steven Wayne Henry, of Ozark Acres, the driver of the vehicle, was interviewed by Dail, while Police Chief Tim McComas spoke with passenger Cody Gadd of Hardy.
Marijuana was discovered on Gadd and he was then arrested.
Henry was given a field sobriety test and placed in custody for DWI. The report states Henry refused a chemical test and both subjects were then taken to the Lawrence County Jail.
While being processed, three baggies of suspected methamphetamine and three baggies of suspected marijuana fell from Henry's clothing. Henry was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, introducing a controlled substance into a correctional facility, DWI, refusal to submit and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, as there were two minors in the vehicle.
Gadd was charged with possession of marijuana.
On Sept. 4, Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver, Chief Deputy David Huffmaster, Det. Sgt. Mark Counts, Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry, Deputy Gerald Traw and Cave City Police Chief Aaron Presser executed a search warrant at the home of Craig Reed at 763 Duncan Lane in Poughkeepsie. Officers recovered several baggies of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Reed, 50, the owner of the residence, was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana with intent to deliver. The count is a Class C felony. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, a Class C Felony.
Reed appeared Sept. 6 before District Judge Mark Johnson. His bond was set at $7,500 cash or professional.