MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) – Two Baxter County residents have been arrested on felony drug charges following a joint investigation by area law enforcement agencies.
Officers served a search warrant Monday afternoon at a home located on East 9th Street near Mountain Home city limits. There, Christopher Roy Behren, 37, of Mountain Home and Crystal Lee Caster, 26, of Cotter were arrested and taken into custody.
During the search, officers found a meth lab in operation inside the home and multiple items for manufacturing meth, as well as two small children—one infant and one toddler.
Behrens was charged with Manufacture of Controlled Substance, Manufacture of Controlled Substance in Presence of Minors, Distribution of Controlled Substance near Certain Facilities, Possession of Controlled Substance—Psycillibin Mushrooms, Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana, Contempt of Court, and Non-Payment of Fines.
Castor was charged with Criminal Attempt to Manufacture Controlled Substance, Manufacture of Controlled Substance in Presence of Minors, and Distribution of Controlled Substance near Certain Facilities.
Bond for Behrens was set at $100,000, and bond for Caster was set at $50,000. Both are due in Baxter County Circuit Court on August 5.
A certified clean-up crew from Little Rock was required to come to the scene for clean up and disposal.
Agencies participating in the arrest are officers from the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, Mountain Home Police Department, the Arkansas State Police CID Unit, and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force.