MURFREESBORO - An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Officer and the Pike County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect Sunday, March 15, in one of the largest methamphetamine busts in Pike County history. Forty-nine grams of methamphetamine and $1,050 were seized in the arrest. The street value of the drugs was $4,000 to $7,500.
Cpl. Chesley Sigman apprehended the suspect, Vernon Scott Bowser, on a private hunting lease during routine checks of fishing camps along the Little Missouri River. According to Sigman, the suspect, another man and a woman had driven around the locked gate of a deer lease in their pickup truck and were digging with shovels near the edge of the road.
"One of the men stated that they were getting topsoil for a relative," said Sigman. "After some questioning, they changed their story to say they were looking for arrowheads."
When Cpl. Sigman ran Bowser's name through the Pike County Sheriff's Office, he discovered the suspect had a warrant issued for his arrest.
"While waiting for the confirmation of the warrant, I noticed the suspect easing toward the open passenger side of the truck. After asking permission to search the vehicle, I found a small zippered case with 29 bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine, a small bundle of money, a small spoon and an orange tube containing more possible methamphetamine."
Bowser claimed possession of the drugs and was transferred to the Pike County Sheriff's Office for arraignment