Region 8 Cops Make Drug Raids in Craighead, Crittenden & Sharp Counties

October 3, 2003 - Posted at: 4:42 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Agents with the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force raided a working methamphetamine laboratory this (Friday) afternoon in east Jonesboro.

Around 1 p.m., officers responded to a residence at 5217 East Nettleton Avenue, where they found several components of a meth lab in full operation, arresting a man and woman whose names have not yet been released.

"Officers found four containers that were actively in the process of making methamphetamine.  Approximately four to five gallons of camp fuel, numerous batteries...approximately fifty blisterpacks of pseudoephedrine tablets," said Sargeant Jim Chambers.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas State Police this afternoon released details of a large shipment of illegal drugs uncovered late Wednesday (Oct. 1) evening in Crittenden County.  Officers with the Arkansas Highway Police Division stopped a tractor-trailer rig at approximately 11 p.m. on Interstate 40 at West Memphis.  During an inspection of the truck, officers discovered several bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 325 pounds, over two bundles of cocaine and more than $6,000 in cash inside suitcases located in the truck's sleeper berth.

The driver was identified as Rodney White, 43, of Memphis.  The co-driver was 25-year-old Terry Ewing, also of Memphis.  It is believed the two were traveling from Commerce City, California to McDonough, Georgia.  The two were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony, and were booked at the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department, where they are awaiting arraignment in West Memphis District Court.

On Thursday, State Police officers performed a consensual search at a residence in Ash Flat, where three ounces of processed marijuana were seized, as well as three firearms and assorted drug paraphernalia.  Additional information led officers to another location where approximately 27 marijuana plants were seized.  Authorities arrested Charles Mullins, 45, of Ash Flat, on charges of possession and manufacturing of drugs and possession of a weapon by a felon.