Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Law and Order in the Ozarks (Part XV): Meth lab seized

After several crime-free weeks, the January 1, 2009, edition of the Newton County Times features this front page headline: Meth lab discovered; property is recovered.

The story tells of the seizure of a "meth lab that had recently been working" in a remote part of the county. Randy Brock, who lives near the Madison County line in a community called Elkhorn, was arrested on Dec. 23 during a disturbance at a Madison County bank. In the course of the arrest, he was found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A search warrant of his home led to the discovery of the lab, as well as "suspected marijuana." The Newton County Sheriff indicated that he and law enforcement officers in neighboring counties are seeking other "persons of interest" in the matter.

The other part of the story details the recovery of stolen goods in Newton County, as well as the arrests of several persons suspected of theft by receiving. All of the goods were stolen from other parts of Arkansas and from Missouri, some as as long as two years ago. The stolen items includes trailers, tractors, truck parts, and four-wheelers. The stolen property was discovered after the Sheriff acted on a tip about its location.

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