Region 8 Sheriff Explores Link Between Meth and Arrowheads

AUGUST 23, 2005 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT

SEARCY, AR - The White County sheriff says the time-consuming and methodical task of searching for arrowheads on farmland and in river beds seems to appeal to methamphetamine addicts.  Sheriff Pat Garrett says that after more than 100 search warrants, he has come to expect arrowheads, many thousands of years old, when he storms the homes of suspected meth makers.

Tony Young of Velvet Ridge says the sheriff is on to something.  Young is in jail awaiting trial on a meth charge.  He says looking for arrowheads gives people wired on meth something to do.  To pay for his legal defense, Young sold his arrowhead collection to a local dealer.

Young says that many nights he found himself in fields full of fellow arrowhead hunters and many of them were high on meth.

Arkansas State archeologist Ann Early says she's seen meth users collecting arrowheads in the Ozarks.  She says it is troubling that they have taken to collecting Indian artifacts.

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