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DTF: Couple sold drugs near day care, church

Elyse Bernice Weeks (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Elyse Bernice Weeks (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
William Wayne Taber (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office) William Wayne Taber (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Jonesboro man and woman face enhanced charges after police say they caught them selling drugs near a church and day care.

On Tuesday, agents with the Second Judicial Drug Task Force arrested 50-year-old William Wayne Taber and 43-year-old Elyse Bernice Weeks at an apartment in the 4600-block E. Nettleton.

During a search of the apartment, officers found 39.1 grams of suspected methamphetamine in several different packages, several sets of working digital scales, and several pipes used to smoke meth.

Agents also reported finding multiple Xanax and Tramadol pills, along with .7 grams of marijuana and baggies used for packaging.

According to court documents, the arrests came after a confidential informant made two controlled buys of meth from Taber at the residence on two different dates.

The apartment is within 1,000 feet of the Kids First Learning Center, 4615 E. Nettleton. It also within 1,000 feet of Nettleton Baptist Church, 4701 E. Nettleton; the Nettleton Worship Center, 4600 E. Nettleton; and Faith and Healing Outreach Ministries, 4504 E. Nettleton, the affidavit said.

Due to the distance between these locations and Taber’s residence, officers added enhancements for proximity to certain facilities to his and Weeks’ charges.

Both are charged with maintaining a drug premises.

Taber is also charged with the following:

  • Possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, greater than 10 grams but less than 200 grams
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia-felony
  • Delivery of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams
  • Delivery of meth or cocaine greater than 2 grams but less than 10 grams
  • Possession of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance with the purpose to deliver
  • Possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver-misdemeanor

Weeks is charged with:

  • Possession of meth or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, greater than 10 grams but less than 200 grams
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia-felony
  • Possession of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance with the purpose to deliver
  • Possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver-misdemeanor

Taber is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Craighead County District Court Judge Tommy Fowler set Weeks’ bond at $7,500 cash or surety.

He ordered both suspects to appear in circuit court on May 30.

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