Bono, AR (KAIT) – Two men are behind bars facing battery and drug charges following a violent fight.
According to the Bono Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence on School Street in reference to a fight in progress and the use of controlled substances.
When Officer Jeff McGinnis arrived on the scene, he found Daniel Barrett, 25, of Jonesboro covered in blood and wearing white blood stained boxer shorts. McGinnis also found David Lesley, 49, of Bono covered in blood standing near the front door of a camper.
Officer McGinnis reports that he learned that the two men were involved in an altercation and that Barrett stabbed Lesley in the back twice. McGinnis also reports that Barrett was bleeding from his nose.
Bono Police Chief Robert Jones responded to the area to assist Officer McGinnis. Lesley told Jones that he was stabbed by Barrett during a fight and that he had broken the knife and thrown the blade toward a trash dumpster.
As Police Chief Jones searched for the knife blade, he saw a large amount of blood inside a trailer. When Jones entered the trailer, the reports states Chief Jones smelled a strong chemical odor consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamines. Jones then located a red bottle inside a plastic bag, a smoking glass bottle with white residue wrapped inside blood covered green shorts, three lithium batteries, and a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
Chief Jones then contacted a Drug Task Force agent to process the methamphetamine lab.
The police report states that as Chief Jones went to contact a witness across the driveway, he smelled another strong chemical odor consistent with making methamphetamine coming from a parked red Jeep Cherokee. Jones requested Craighead County Deputy Jason Allen to run his K-9 partner around the Jeep. The K-9 alerted the officers and they advised the owner that the vehicle would be searched.
When Chief Jones opened the door, the chemical odor became stronger. Inside the vehicle, officers located a plastic bag containing several other bags and bottles that police say appeared to be used to make methamphetamines.
Jones and Deputy Allen began to photographing all the evidence inside the trailer and the vehicle. When Drug Task Force agent Chris Lane arrived, Chief Jones located several other items associated with making methamphetamines. All of these items were secured by DTF agent Lane.
Lesley and Barrett were transported by ambulance to the Saint Bernard's Regional Medical Center. There at the hospital, both men were read their Miranda rights.
After being released from the hospital, both men were taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.
Barrett was charged with Battery in the first degree, possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamines, and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $10,000.00.
Lesley was charged with possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamines, battery in the second degree, and possession with intent to manufacture marijuana. His bond was set at $20,000.00.