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Sheriff: Machete-wielding man, drug arrests

David Griggs (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.) David Griggs (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.)
Julie Parnell (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.) Julie Parnell (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.)
Steven Stockton (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.) Steven Stockton (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.)
Evidence from Stockton case (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.) Evidence from Stockton case (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.)
Evidence from Stockton case (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.) Evidence from Stockton case (Source: Clay County Sheriff's Dept.)
CLAY COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The Clay County Sheriff's Department made several drug arrests over a two-day period.

Sheriff Terry Miller reported that on Feb. 5 his department received a call about a possible hostage situation on Clay County Road 502 just south of Rector.

Sheriff's deputies and Arkansas State Police responded and found a man standing in a yard holding a machete. The man eventually followed orders from authorities to drop the weapon and was arrested.

The suspect was identified as David Griggs, 31, of Lepanto.

While investigating, officers entered a residence and found a woman who said she had methamphetamine in an insulin bag in her purse, according to Miller. Officers found the drugs and arrested Julie Parnell, 34, of Kennett.

Miller said investigators found that Griggs had broken into a neighboring house prior to officers arriving.

Griggs is being held on 100,000 bond and his next court date is March 29. 

Griggs was charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass, breaking and entering and theft of property. Parnell was charged with possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were taken to the Clay County Detention Center.

In a separate case the following day, Miller said another drug arrest was made.

Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop on Saturday afternoon on Johnson Street in Piggott.

Steven Stockton, 52, of Pollard was driving the vehicle and was arrested on a sheriff's department warrant.

Miller said deputies found a "large quantity of prescription narcotics and a corner cut baggie containing 2.3 grams of suspect methamphetamine."

Stockton was taken to jail on the initial warrant along with charges of possessing meth and 14 counts of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.

Piggott police also assisted in the Stockton case, Miller said.

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