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Sheriff back at work after meth lab injuries

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Donna Murphy (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Department via Vinelink) Donna Murphy (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Department via Vinelink)
Thomas Yarbrough (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Department via Vinelink) Thomas Yarbrough (Source: Sharp County Sheriff's Department via Vinelink)
CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) -

UPDATE Oct. 24: The Sharp County Sheriff's Department said Sheriff Mark Counts is back at work. 

They said he is doing fine but is still recovering after inhaling fumes from the meth lab discovery.


A local sheriff says he is out of the hospital and recovering after inhaling toxic chemicals while executing a search warrant.

Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts tells Region 8 News he was in Cherokee Village on Oct. 14 looking for drugs and firearms as part of a search warrant.

Detective Aaron Presser said the warrant was carried out at 9 Dakota Drive.

The sheriff says a trap door was found in the bedroom floor.

Components of a meth lab were found after it was opened.

According to Counts, a couple of containers were leaking.

Counts received care from a doctor that day. However, on Sunday he was taken by ambulance to a Batesville hospital where he was placed in the intensive care unit.

The sheriff says he's "worked a lot of meth labs in 20 years but that one about cost me my life."

Presser said Donna Murphy and Thomas Yarbrough were arrested and face multiple charges.

He said those charges include possession of drugs and firearms as well as manufacturing meth and marijuana.

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