Probation check leads to big meth bust

Probation check leads to big meth bust
Phillip Stacey (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)
Phillip Stacey (Source: Greene County Sheriff's Department)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A large amount of meth is now off the streets in Greene County.

Deputies with the Greene County Sheriff's Department say the drugs had a street value of nearly $15,000.

On Thursday, deputies conducted a home visit in the 5400-block of Mark St. in Paragould. The probation check was for 37-year-old Phillip Lea Stacey.

After being invited into the home by a female, officers met Stacey and began to search a bedroom.

According to the incident report, deputies say they saw a large amount of money as well as a pipe used for smoking meth on top of a desk.

The report states Stacey then led deputies to a small plastic bag containing 2.3 grams of suspected meth.

Deputies continued to search other rooms in the home, unveiling another glass pipe containing meth hidden in a dresser drawer along with several unused plastic baggies.

Deputies found more meth inside a toilet bowl, which they say Stacey tried to flush, according to the report.

After a conversation with the suspect, investigators say Stacey told them he had more meth inside the home.

Officers found 185 grams of suspected meth inside a black plastic container in Stacey's freezer, the incident report states.

Stacey was arrested and faces felony charges of possession of meth or cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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