Woman accused of selling fake meth to officer

Latina Kurtley (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Latina Kurtley (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)

MELBOURNE, AR (KAIT) – Investigators say the meth a woman sold was fake; but, the charges she faces are very real.

Latina Kurtley, 40, of Melbourne is charged with delivery of a counterfeit substance, a class C felony.

Kurtley was arrested after Izard County sheriff's deputies said she sold $200 worth of fake meth to an undercover investigator.

During the exchange, Kurtley agreed to sell the officer more meth in exchange for an additional $250, according to Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

The officer signaled assisting deputies and Kurtley was arrested and taken to the county detention center.

During questioning Kurtley reportedly said instead of selling real meth, she had used rock salt.  Kurtley told investigators she did this "because she needed the money," Lawrence reported.

Kurtley is free on $5,000 bond.  She was scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Monday, Jan. 13.

Lawrence said the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation and arrest.

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