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Man arrested after home almost catches on fire while making meth

Shawn Edward Griffith (Source: Craighead County Jail) Shawn Edward Griffith (Source: Craighead County Jail)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A man is behind bars after almost setting a home on fire, while cooking methamphetamine.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department incident report, dispatch received a call on Thursday night around 7:18 p.m. that odors consistent with making meth were coming from a red brick house in the area of Race Street and Promise Lane.

When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered the odor was coming from a home located at 3801 Race Street. After knocking on the door of the home several times, Officer Owen Smith says Keith Baker and Shawn Griffith opened the door for officers.

As the officers spoke with the two men, Officer Smith reports that odors and smoke were coming from inside the residence. Smith says while looking inside the front door, he could see a fire with large flames in the kitchen.

Smith informed the other officer and suspects of the fire and went to his patrol car to retrieve his fire extinguisher.

When Smith went into the kitchen, he found that it was a pot on the stove that was on fire and put it out. While making sure the fire was out, Smith noticed what appeared to meth in a coffee filter between the stove and the sink. The substance was taken from the home and tested positive for meth.

At this point, officers detained Griffith and Baker and separated the two men.

According to the incident report, Baker was cooperative and told officers were they could find the items that were used to make the meth. Baker said those items were washed and hidden by Griffith when the officers were knocking on the door.

Baker told police that Griffith originally came to the home to buy meth from him. But when Baker told Griffith he didn't have any meth, Griffith began to make some in the home.

When officers spoke with Griffith, he denied knowing anything about meth being made. In the incident report, Officer Smith says that it was apparent that Griffith was lying.

Officers arrested and charged Griffith with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He is currently in the Craighead County Detention Center. He is also being held on an arrest warrant from the Searcy Police Department.

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