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'One-stop shop' turns up meth, pot, moonshine, guns and cash

Carl Watts (Source: Cleburne Co. Sheriff's Office) Carl Watts (Source: Cleburne Co. Sheriff's Office)
Guns seized during a big bust at a home on Floral Road near Concord (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Office) Guns seized during a big bust at a home on Floral Road near Concord (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Office)
Varius illegal items seized during a bust in Cleburne County (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Office) Varius illegal items seized during a bust in Cleburne County (Source: Cleburne County Sheriff's Office)
CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

It was a one-stop shop for investigators in Cleburne County looking for guns, drugs, a meth lab, moonshine, and cash.  

On Monday, deputies with the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office and agents with the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force searched a home in the 1200-block of Floral Road just outside of Concord.

The search was the result of a year-long investigation into a home dubbed the "one-stop shop."

According to a news release, investigators found a "large amount of controlled substances and precursors from suspected drug sales along with firearms and precursors for a methamphetamine manufacturing lab."

For deputies, the one-stop shop turned up 200 grams of crystal meth; 27 guns; $66,017 in cash; small amounts of LSD and cocaine; opioid pills packed for distribution, along with various chemicals used to make meth.

Deputies also found a marijuana grow operation with 15 pounds of marijuana, a moonshine still and finished moonshine.

Deputies arrested 59-year-old Carl Watts.

He faces a long list of charges including:

  • Possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver
  • Possession of cocaine with intent to deliver
  • Possession of LSD with intent to deliver
  • Maintaining a drug premises
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine
  • Possession of firearms by certain persons
  • Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms

A judge set his bond at $250,000.

"The sheriff’s office and the 16th DTF are committed to keeping our community safe and as drug-free as possible. There is an ongoing investigation as to how Mr. Watts was able to obtain some of the precursors that were located in the house," Sheriff Chris Brown said in a news release.

Sheriff Brown noted that meth labs have declined significantly since 2010 after restrictions were placed on materials used to make meth.

"It is our hope that meth labs are not making a comeback," Brown said.

He encourages anyone who sees, hears, or smells anything that they believe to be drug-related or meth lab-related to call investigators at (501) 362-8143.

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