Suspect arrested after police find pot plants, meth in home | Crime
A Region 8 man is behind bars after investigators say they found 37 pot plants growing in his home.
On Thursday the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of Dennis and Betty Markum on Upper Twin Forks Road in Southside.
According to a news release from Sheriff Steve Jeffery, the couple and a child were at the home when officers arrived.
During the search officers found 37 marijuana plants, a small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, glass smoking devices, numerous guns and $625 in cash.
Dennis Markum was taken to the Independence County Jail where he placed on a probable cause hold.
Betty Markum was not taken into custody.
Jeffery says the couple could possibly face the following felony charges:
- Manufacturing a controlled substance
- Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms
- Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture marijuana
- Unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate a crime
- Unlawful use of communication device to facilitate a crime
- Possession of methamphetamine and manufacturing controlled substances near certain facilities, namely Southside High School
An investigator from the Arkansas Department of Human Services was contact and took custody of the child, Jeffery said.
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