The men responded to a call March 7 from Central Dispatch, placed by a neighbor near the home of David Smalley at 214 Mary Street in Williford. According to a report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, upon arrival, Counts and Weaver detected a strong odor of ether coming from the residence. After being given consent to search the home by Smalley, Counts and Weaver were assisted in the search by Chief Deputy David Huffmaster and Arkansas State Police Trooper Anthony Dail.
The officers located several items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including a glass pipe with burnt residue. Officers then obtained a search warrant and located two plastic bottles used for cooking the "one pot method" of methamphetamine production, as well as the finished product.
After being questioned, Smalley confessed to manufacturing the drug in his home on numerous occasions, including earlier in the day. He was arrested and transported to the Sharp County Detention Center in Ash Flat where he was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance. Smalley posted bond and was released pending his first court appearance.