City is active in meth investigations, chief says -- Two labs taken down in recent drug busts

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

BERRYVILLE ---- The question of methamphetamine investigations was raised at the Berryville City Council meeting July 15 when Alderman Joel Gibson asked Police Chief David Muniz if his department was actively pursuing the drug problem.

Gibson's questions were apparently prompted by the recent spate of publicity given to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, which has accomplished about 18 meth busts since January.

Chief Muniz told Gibson that his officers are pursuing the meth problem, and told Gibson that two meth labs have recently been taken down and arrests made in both incidents.

After the meeting, Mayor Tim McKinney assured the public that the department is actively working with the sheriff's office on meth investigations, and said "They are doing a good job."

The mayor also said he was glad that the cedar bench hand-made by Eagle Scout Jadon Malotte had been returned after photos appeared in the newspaper.

McKinney said, "We're going to talk to Jadon, and probably put it somewhere else on city property where it won't get carried off. The Community Center and the Senior Center come to mind. I'm glad all the publicity apparently appealed to someone's conscience and it was returned unharmed."

Malotte made the distinctive cedar bench for his Eagle Scout project, and it was stolen shortly after it was placed on Saunders Heights. Officer Kevin Disheroon recovered the bench in the same spot that officer Jimmy Capps had searched twice in the days following the discovery of the theft.

In other business, the city:

  • Approved the permit for the Carroll County Fair Parade to be held Friday, Sept. 1.

  • Approved the three readings of the ordinance adopting Arkansas Building and Fire Codes for the city.

  • Approved the appointment of Brooke West to the Saunders Museum Commission.

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