Man accused of selling drugs near park, church

Man accused of selling drugs near park, church

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 man faces felony drug charges after investigators say he sold meth near a park and a church.

Baxter County sheriff's deputies arrested Nicholas Thomas Koskinen, 30, of Mountain Home on suspicion of drug delivery charges.

Investigators say Koskinen sold 1 gram of methamphetamine to a "cooperating individual" on Jan. 4 within 1,000 feet of a church.

The following day, investigators say he sold 4.2 grams of meth to the same person within 1,000 feet of a city park.

A third controlled buy took place a week later. According to Sheriff John Montgomery, Koskinen sold 4.5 grams.

Deputies arrested Koskinen and charged him with the following:

  • Delivery of methamphetamine (3 counts)
  • Unlawful use of a communications device (3 counts)
  • Proximity to certain facilities (2 counts)
  • Habitual offender-penalty enhancement

He is being held in lieu of a $25,000 awaiting a circuit court appearance on Feb. 25.

Montgomery thanked the Mountain Home Police Department, Arkansas State Police, and the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force in their assistance in the arrest.

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