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 settinga home on fire, while cooking methamphetamine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the incident report, Baker was cooperative andtold 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 officerswere knocking on the door.

Baker told police that Griffith originally came to the hometo 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 knowinganything about meth being made. In the incident report, Officer Smith says thatit was apparent that Griffith was lying.

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

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