BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Officers arrested an out-of-state man on felony drug and gun charges.
Craig Richard Whittingslow, 57, of Nevada City, CA was arrested Thursday in Cotter, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
The Baxter County Sheriff's Office, the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the DEA executed a search warrant at 740 Denton Ferry Road.
During the search, officers found 13 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value exceeding $100,000. The drugs were packed with an odor absorbing powder and were stored in a charcoal-lined duffel bag to absorb odor, the sheriff stated.
A large sum of cash was also seized along with numerous firearms, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a 2011 American Coach motorhome. All items seized are estimated to be worth nearly $500,000.
Montgomery said his office believes Whittingslow arrived in Arkansas on Wednesday.
He was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center and booked on felony charges of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Whittingslow is held in lieu of $75,000 bond and will appear in circuit court on June 21. He is also held in custody for federal authorities.