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Man arrested after leaving meth in water bill payment

James Hoey (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office) James Hoey (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
Items found in James Hoey's home, according to investigators (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office) Items found in James Hoey's home, according to investigators (Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

A man in Greene County deposited more than just a payment for his water bill. He deposited meth.

"Check your bills for contraband before you put them in the dropbox," Greene County Sheriff David Carter warned other potential criminals.

According to the Greene County Sheriff's Office, workers with the Western Greene County Water Department made the discovery on Monday, March 19.

The workers told investigators that the plain white envelope was found in the after-hours drop deposit box and "when they opened the envelope to retrieve the payment, they found a crystal-like rock inside."

The works didn't know what the rock was... but deputies did. It tested positive for methamphetamine. Investigators determined it was 7.1 grams of crystal meth.

Deputies traced the payment back to a home on Highway 141 North. There, they met James Hoey. A search of his home turned up 38 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 96 grams of marijuana, scales, and other drug paraphernalia.

"No surveillance, not a lot of legwork, it was just two stops and you come up with that much, that's a large amount of meth for around here, so it worked out great for us," Carter said. "It tickled me to get it off the street because he was a dealer."

Deputies transported Hoey to the Greene County Detention Center and booked him on charges of possession of crystal methamphetamine with purpose to deliver, possession of schedule IV or V with purpose to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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