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Trumann, AR-- Tiffany Blankenship Reports

Trumann Police Make Drug Bust

May 19, 2005--Posted at 6:30 CDT

TRUMANN-- Trumann police are cleaning up the streets starting with a drug bust.

With the meth problem in Arkansas, Trumann police say people often forget the dangers of other drugs.

"Everybody's forgetting about the marijuana problem we have here. We've been seizing a lot of marijuana right along with the meth and very large quantities of it," Trumann Police Chief Larry Blagg says.

And that's what they found this morning at the home of Jerome Watson on Deamant Street.

It was an address that has been staked out for sometime. Police say the subject displayed several different numbers on his home, but before issuing a search warrant, they knew the exact location.

"That's why we did draw out a map and we did make sure it was understood exactly what house we were going to," Blagg says.

As they entered the home, they discovered large amounts of marijuana hidden above ceiling tiles and cash beneath furniture cushions and in the closet.

"We got between 7 to 10 pounds of marijuana in the brick form, bricked up in pounds and seized $55 hundred in cash," Blagg says.

But that wasn't the only thing that was seized from the home ...

"We did retrieve weapons from the house. They were rifles and shotguns," Blagg says.

Watson was taken into custody and served with yet another warrant for delivery of a controlled substance.

Police say it's just one more effort to clean up the streets of Trumann.

"We know that there's more than one drug out there and more than one problem so we're getting all corners of this and coming in on it," Blagg says.

The department expects to have a tactics or special response unit in place by July or August.

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