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Truck crash leads to 3 arrests

Edwin Carl Bartlett (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Edwin Carl Bartlett (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Albert Bartlett (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Albert Bartlett (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Christy Whitaker (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Christy Whitaker (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
James Knott (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) James Knott (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Keith Richardson (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Keith Richardson (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
IZARD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Three people face nearly two dozen charges after deputies say they found four pounds of pot hidden under the hood of a wrecked pickup truck.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Edwin Carl Bartlett, 62, of Calico Rock was driving the truck when it crashed in Van Buren County.

While investigating the crash, deputies discovered the marijuana hidden under the hood of Bartlett’s truck, Lawrence said.

Combined with previous information that Bartlett was selling drugs out of his home, Lawrence said deputies searched the home located in the 1500-block of Highway 5 North and arrested him, along with his brother, Albert Frederick Bartlett II, 56; and Christy Whitaker, 46, of the same address.

Edwin Bartlett is charged with possession of methamphetamine; possession of meth paraphernalia for the purpose of ingesting; possession of marijuana paraphernalia to analyze, store or contain the substance; possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia to analyze, store or contain the substance; possession of marijuana paraphernalia to ingest; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Albert Bartlett and Whitaker are charged with the same offenses, in addition to endangering the welfare of a minor.

When arrested, Lawrence said Albert Bartlett tested positive for meth and marijuana. He is currently free on $25,000 bond.

Whitaker, according to the sheriff, tested positive for meth at the time of her arrest. She was released from the Izard County Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond.

Edwin Bartlett remains hospitalized.

In an unrelated case, two men locked up in the detention center face even more charges after filing a false police report.

Keith Allen Richardson, 25, and James Perry Knott, 51, both of Calico Rock claimed a jail trustee made a sexual advance toward them while serving a meal.

It was determined after an investigation that the report was false, Lawrence said.

Richardson is awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Department of Correction. Knott is being held in lieu of a $200,000 cash bond on a U.S. Marshall’s warrant.

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