Campfire leads to meth arrest

Mitchell Nicholas (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
Mitchell Nicholas (Source: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)

ALICIA, AR (KAIT) – A man on parole was arrested after testing positive for meth.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, a deputy was on patrol in Alicia on May 10 when the officer discovered a fire at the edge of a wooded area along with a vehicle. The fire turned out to be a campfire.

The deputy spoke with Mitchell Nicholas, 35, of Alicia at the scene. A background check showed Nicholas was on parole. The officer asked Nicholas if he had any illegal substances on him and Nicholas gave the officer permission to look.

Dotson said the deputy found two loaded syringes that tested positive for meth.

Nicholas was arrested and taken to the Lawrence County Jail where he was tested. Nicholas tested positive for meth, according to Dotson.

Nicholas was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. A parole hold was placed on Nicholas by his parole officer.

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