Manhunt in Region 8 ends in meth lab bust

Amos Louis Parnell Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office
Amos Louis Parnell Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – A manhunt ends with the fugitive behind bars and crews cleaning up a meth lab.

On Thursday, Baxter County Sheriff's deputies arrested 33-year-old Amos Parnell.

He was wanted on misdemeanor warrants from both Baxter County and Mountain Home and a felony failure to appear warrant from Washington County.

Around 10am authorities in Izard County reported Parnell and a woman were at a home on Sheid Road near Norfork.

With help from the Arkansas Department of Corrections K-9 team, Baxter County deputies surrounded the home.  When deputies entered the house they found the woman.  According to the official report, she told deputies Parnell was at a house on Rodney Road near Jordan.  Investigators then went to that home and arrested Parnell without incident.

After taking Parnell into custody, investigators say they found a working methamphetamine lab in a nearby woods, along with numerous chemicals and a quantity of processed meth.  Due to the size and composition of the lab, an EPA certified cleanup crew was contacted to come and clean up the meth lab.

Amos Louis Parnell was booked into the Baxter County Detention and charged with:

Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine      Class Y Felony
Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine      Class C Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia                                                   Class C Felony

Bond was set at $50,000.

Parnell is also being held for 

Baxter County-Failure to Appear, Failure to Pay Fines     Bond:   $410
Mountain Home-Failure to Appear, Speeding, No Tags     Bond:   $270
Washington County, Arkansas-Failure to Appear, Attempt of Manufacture Methamphetamine  Bond:  $100,000

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