Drug-related arrest uncovers stolen items, counterfeit cash paraphernalia

Drug Arrest in Paragould Uncovers Other Crimes
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A narcotics-related arrest in Paragould Monday uncovered more than just drugs.

According to the Paragould Police Department, Ernest Dawood had been under investigation for months for manufacturing and selling meth.

"Controlled buys of methamphetamine had been made from Dawood over the past few months," Lt. Scott Snyder said

Monday, the Paragould Police Department Street Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigation Division and SWAT team executed a search warrant at the home on North 7th Avenue.

"When they have the concrete evidence to get us in there, it can further our cases as well," Paragould Police Detective James Williams said.

Inside, officers found a shake and bake meth lab, a small amount of meth, drug paraphernalia and a 9mm handgun.

Detective Williams said they also found items that have helped them solve other crimes in the Paragould area.

"We had received information that he was involved in dealing with stolen property and when we got over there, we realized he was printing some money and located several stolen items including a trailer that was just released back to the owner today," Williams said.

Dawood's bond was set at $100,000. He faces multiple drug and weapons charges.

According to Williams, Dawood also faces 18 counts of forgery.

Though he wasn't sure of the most recent counterfeit cash report, Williams stated they've seen fake $20s, $5s and $10s circulating in the Paragould area recently.

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