Lottery winner arrested on drug trafficking charges

Lottery winner arrested on drug trafficking charges
Dale Martin (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)
Dale Martin (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)
Dean Thompson (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)
Dean Thompson (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Office)
Rebecca Martin on August 18 after winning $200,000 in the lottery (Source: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery)
Rebecca Martin on August 18 after winning $200,000 in the lottery (Source: Arkansas Scholarship Lottery)

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) - Last year Rebecca Martin won $200,000 from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

On Monday the 50-year-old Mountain Home woman was arrested on drug trafficking charges.

The arrests followed a months-long investigation by the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, according to a news release from Sheriff John Montgomery.

On March 25, after receiving information that drugs were being sold there, officers served a search warrant at Martin's home in the 500-block of CR 30.

Martin was not at the residence, but officers did find 58-year-old Dean Herman Thompson of Mountain Home.

They also found 17.6 ounces of methamphetamine in a duffle bag, along with syringes and pipes used to inject and smoke the drug, Sheriff Montgomery said.

Investigators arrested Thompson and took him to the detention center where officers discovered $4,000 in cash and a money order on him, Montgomery said. He was charged with trafficking of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and placed on a probation hold for U.S. Marshals. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

Following the search, investigators learned that Martin had left the state in a motor home and was living in Ozark County, Missouri.

Montgomery said the motor home was located in Missouri; but, once again, Martin was nowhere to be found.

They did find another "fugitive from justice," the sheriff said.

Dale Martin, 43, of Mountain Home was arrested on four outstanding warrants from Baxter County, including delivery of methamphetamine, failure to appear and contempt of court. He is awaiting extradition to Baxter County.

On Monday, April 6, Martin turned herself in at the Baxter County Detention Center where she was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies.

She was released after posting bond in the amount of $150,000. She is scheduled to appear in circuit court on April 16.

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