5-month-long methamphetamine sting nets 25 area arrests

Friday, April 12, 2013

EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs Police Department, in cooperation with Berryville and Missouri authorities, has carried out a massive methamphetamine sting, according to a press release from the department.

In October 2012, Detective Thomas Achord arrested an individual who agreed to turn informant for the ESPD and help them purchase illicit drugs in exchange for leniency in his burglary charge, according to police.

That arrest turned into a five-month-long narcotics investigation that has resulted in 25 arrests and charges of selling, manufacturing, and possessing with intent to manufacture dangerous illicit drugs, mainly methamphetamine, authorities said.

After securing the blessing of Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers, ES Detectives Brad Handley and Achord started buying drugs.

As drugs were purchased, suspects were positively identified and arrested. Those who were arrested were given the opportunity to purchase drugs from their suppliers as informants.

As the investigation progressed, more suspects were identified and became cooperative informants for the police, ESPD explained.

Methamphetamine dealers who were known to deliver in the Eureka area were identified in Berryville, Holiday Island and rural western Carroll county as well as Barry and Taney counties in Missouri.

That information was shared with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, the Taney County Drug Task Force and the Barry County Sheriff's Office, ESPD said. Arrests have been made in western Carroll county, Holiday Island and Missouri, and more are expected.

Eureka Springs detectives were also able to identify suspects who were selling methamphetamine in Berryville, so they contacted Detective Robert Bartos of the Berryville Police Department.

Bartos, Achord and Handley worked together and purchased methamphetamine from four different individuals who have since been arrested, police said.

The investigation also turned up a laboratory being used to make synthetic marijuana, which is illegal in Arkansas.

On March 26, Officer Brian Young, along with Achord and Handley, raided the 1876 Motel with a warrant and arrested Jason Nation. The officers observed what was determined to be a package of K2 and a K2 lab.

K2 incense is a form of synthetic marijuana, legal until last year but rapidly becoming illegal across the U.S.

This is the first K2 lab discovered and seized in the state of Arkansas, police said. The chemicals and other materials have been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.

Nation has been charged with harassment over a failed drug deal. Charges of manufacturing K2 are pending results from the crime lab.

Street value for all of the methamphetamine recovered is $58,000. Street value of the K2 recovered is over $5,800.

Also seized as a result of the arrest were two vehicles, a 2004 Toyota MTX and a 2003 Volkswagen, both belonging to alleged methamphetamine supplier Pedro Munoz-Casillo of Harrison, police said.

Cash in the amount of $3,718 was seized from Melia McEnaney of Harrison, and an additional $198 was seized from Casillo.

On Tuesday, Western District Judge Tim Parker set bond on Casillo at $1,000,000 and Dorothy Keys of Green Forest at $500,000.

Other persons arrested are:

* Cody Middleton of Eureka Springs

* Jason Helm of Berryville

* Phillip Thornton of Eureka Springs

* Anthony Lillig of Eureka Springs

* Jordan Anderson of Eureka Springs

* Jason Edmonson of Eureka Springs arrested twice

* Britney Collette of Eureka Springs arrested twice

* Jason Still of Eureka Springs arrested twice

* Jackie Aday of Eureka Springs

* Melia McEnaney of Harrison

* Pedro Munoz-Casillo of Harrison

* Dorothy Keys of Green Forest

* Christy Strickland of Eureka Springs arrested twice

* Richard Decker of Eagle Rock

* Suzie Scarrow of Eureka Springs

* Spencer Martin of Eureka Springs

There are three more suspects in Missouri who have not been arrested yet, police said.

Eureka Springs Police Chief Earl Hyatt had this to say about the operation:

"We do not want illegal harsh drugs in this town, and we're going to do everything we can to make sure they stay out. Period."

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  • Pedro Munoz-Casillo of Harrison? Harrison? :)..are you sure? Just makes you want'na run fast and furious in circles wearing your new sombrero.

    -- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Fri, Apr 12, 2013, at 6:16 PM
  • Sweet! What bout oak grove green forest??

    -- Posted by humbyrd on Fri, Apr 12, 2013, at 7:09 PM
  • You go guys! Proud of ya! Get rid of those druggies before one tries to break in my house. I will shoot him dead right then and there.

    -- Posted by rockpilefarmer on Sat, Apr 13, 2013, at 10:01 AM
  • Oak Grove. Green Forest. Berryville. Eureka Springs. It doesn't make a difference where any longer.

    One supplier is caught, Senor Pedro. He's a raindrop in a lake.

    The border is open and he's already been replaced, along with his useful American idiot distributors.

    It's the "new normal". This is going to play out over and over again in the years to come. So take a deep breath, relax and warm up to it.

    Oh hey wait! Smile. Cinco de mayo is juuuust around the corner.

    -- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Sat, Apr 13, 2013, at 1:09 PM
  • The illegal drug market will dry up and die unless there is demand by the consumer. Are Americans a large portion of drug consumption? Drug free is the way to be!

    -- Posted by gf citizen on Sat, Apr 13, 2013, at 4:09 PM
  • True that. Plus all these poor folks have families to feed. Therefore... borders and laws be ****!

    -- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 2:12 PM
  • atlas shrugged- im sure your screen name is because of the movie, right? so do you believe yourself to be one of the pos elite rich that leave everyone else to live in some other world because you cant stand not getting to be on top and in charge of everyone else? that's what that movie is about!! now to everyone else- there are a lot of bad druggies out there but there are a lot of crappy people that don't do drugs also. if you people had a clue to what was really going on you wouldn't know what to do. what you dummies don't realize is- that a lot of the people you elect to office and people in your church - they all do drugs!!! some are drunks. some are closet pot heads. and some occasional do meth. if druggies are causeing you problems OAKGROVE- do something about it instead of crying to everyone! you people are pathetic!

    -- Posted by air1514 on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 4:39 PM
  • and all of you dipsticks that want everyone that's ever done a drug to spend the rest of their lives in jail- fuk you!!! how would most of you like it if prohibition was still in effect and they threw your drunk *** in jail for years and years for doing what? just a little recreational drinking? if anyone wants to cure the drug problem- they need to address it with something other than prison. prision is a crime school! besides that, druggies need help!! not prision. or I should say- non violent druggies need help not prision.

    -- Posted by air1514 on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 4:46 PM
  • and why in the world is the police letting a burglary charge be lessened for snitching??? that's messed up!! why would ANYBODY want a snitch out on the street anyway?? the kind of person that does that is a person that has NO CHARCTER!!! that kind of person will be right back to lieing cheating stealing drugs. . . .! hes the kind of person to do a hit and run in a car crash. just think about it- this person thinks they can do pretty much anything and just snitch and walk free. everybody that's clapping for this is just as bad as that snitch!!

    -- Posted by air1514 on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 4:52 PM
  • and NO- I don't know one single person in this investigation and im not part of it. I just think that the police should do their dang job and quit letting snitchs walk free for setting people up!!! I don't know either way - but ill bet that everyone of these people are better citizens than that snitch!!! and I really don't think that we need to be locking all these nonviolent druggies in prision! people losing years of their lives cuz of stupid rules. then they get out of jail with tattoos all over and a criminal degree.

    -- Posted by air1514 on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 5:02 PM
  • After the air 1514 lectures, I felt the need to read the 10 commandments.

    -- Posted by gf citizen on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 7:21 PM
  • It doesn't mean anything anyway. They will all get probation and drug court or something stupid, and be right back at it again.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Mon, Apr 15, 2013, at 11:21 AM
  • Every morning a sober or clean person wakes up and makes a decision to drink again or do drugs. Why? It's because they are very selfish, and don't care about anyone but themselves. So why then should I care about them. Why then should they not go to prison? You say they need help, but they don't want help. Many many times, over and over again people are sentenced to probation or drug court. They make all kinds of promises to the judge, to the probation officers, to the public, and to their family, but they keep right on with just what ever they want to do until they kill themselves, or someone else. And the tax money that's spent on these programs that don't work? Why should I care, why should anyone care? Why should we not just throw them in a hole and forget about them? Loving your fellow human I guess. It's because we are a loving people, and we do care. Somehow, we do care despite all of what they do to themselves, and to us. What do I do? How can I make it better?

    From a father who cares.

    -- Posted by okaybut on Mon, Apr 15, 2013, at 2:44 PM
  • ****, after that airhead drug induced rant, I had to hug my money, kick a pauper and pray to Dick Chaney.

    -- Posted by Atlas Shrugged on Mon, Apr 15, 2013, at 5:47 PM
  • Kids, and air1514: Don't do drugs.

    -- Posted by Rednecks Beware on Wed, Apr 17, 2013, at 12:16 PM
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