Manager of funeral home and minister part of 4 arrested in Randolph Co. drug busts

Four arrested in Randolph County drugs busts, Sheriff says

POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) - Four people have been arrested after a pair of traffic stops this weekend uncovered meth, pills, cash and guns, according to Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell.

Jonathan Fears, 50, of Pocahontas, David Liebhaber, 52, of Biggers, Jeremy Blackwell, 41, of Pocahontas; and Michael Jones, 38, of Imboden were taken into custody Friday evening.

“The deputies made a good bust last night on two traffics stops. Over 4 ounces of meth, pills, cash and guns,” Bell said Saturday on his Facebook page. “Great job men!!.”

Randolph County deputies confiscated pills Friday evening during traffic stops in the southwest part of the county, authorities said Saturday. Four people were in custody in the case.
Randolph County deputies confiscated pills Friday evening during traffic stops in the southwest part of the county, authorities said Saturday. Four people were in custody in the case. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

Bell said the traffic stops were connected and that they happened in the southwest part of the county, near Lloyd Williams Road.

Jonathan Fears, 50, of Pocahontas was arrested this weekend on suspicion of drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop by Randolph County deputies, authorities said.
Jonathan Fears, 50, of Pocahontas was arrested this weekend on suspicion of drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop by Randolph County deputies, authorities said. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

Court documents revealed that Fears had bought meth from Jones and Blackwell while Fears and Liebhaber were fishing. Officers found a black bag containing meth and syringes on Fears and Liebhaber.

David Liebhaber, 52, of Biggers was arrested by Randolph County deputies this weekend after a traffic stop on suspicion of drugs and weapons related charges.
David Liebhaber, 52, of Biggers was arrested by Randolph County deputies this weekend after a traffic stop on suspicion of drugs and weapons related charges. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

In the other traffic stop, officers noticed a Red BMW with windows down and the key in the ignition, but no one in the driver’s seat. The officer ran the license plate, but the tags came back to another vehicle.

Jeremy Blackwell, 41, of Pocahontas was arrested this weekend by Randolph County deputies on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth with intent to deliver, according to Randolph County authorities.
Jeremy Blackwell, 41, of Pocahontas was arrested this weekend by Randolph County deputies on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth with intent to deliver, according to Randolph County authorities. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

Eventually, Jones ran away from officers. They finally arrested him and Blackwell after a short scuffle which included Jones elbowing an officer in the face.

Michael Jones, 38, of Imboden was arrested on suspicion of battery-2nd degree, fleeing, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth with intent to deliver after a traffic stop this weekend, Randolph County authorities said.
Michael Jones, 38, of Imboden was arrested on suspicion of battery-2nd degree, fleeing, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth with intent to deliver after a traffic stop this weekend, Randolph County authorities said. (Source: Randolph County Sheriff's Office)

Fears was arrested on possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled susbtance, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Liebhaber was arrested on simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of meth with purpose to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Blackwell was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Jones was arrested on suspicion of battery-2nd degree, fleeing, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth with intent to deliver and resisting arrest.

The bail for Fears, Liebhaber, and Blackwell has been set at $50,000 cash or surety, while the bail for Jones has been set at $100,000 cash only.

Fears is also listed as a minister at the Skaggs Church of Christ and is listed as an owner, manager and licensed funeral director at Fears Family Funeral Home on the funeral home’s website, according to online records.

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