Officials respond to fire call but find meth lab instead

Clayton Holiman (Source: Poinsett County Jail)
Clayton Holiman (Source: Poinsett County Jail)
Jeremiah Permenter (Source: Poinsett County Jail)
Jeremiah Permenter (Source: Poinsett County Jail)

LEPANTO, AR (KAIT)- Two men were arrested after a meth lab was discovered in a Lepanto home over the weekend.

According to Lepanto Police, neighbors called the fire department to report smoke was coming from a home Saturday.  Firefighters and police arrived and found there was no fire, but a meth lab in the house.  Police arrested Clayton Holiman, 29 of Lepanto and Jeremiah Permenter, 31 of Tyronza.

When police searched Holiman's residence, they say they found several items used to make methamphetamine.  Chemicals and grounded up pills were also found at the residence which is just across the street from the Lepanto First Baptist Church.  Officers said the men tried to flush a substance down the toilet before being arrested; however samples were recovered and sent to the state crime lab for analysis.

The men were arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Bond for Holiman and Permenter was set at $25,000 each.

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