DTF Finds Meth LabJune 18th, 2009 by Joe Burgess
According to Lt. Jason Akers of the Tenth Drug Task Force, a Drew County man is facing methamphetamine manufacturing and related charges after a search warrant was executed at his residence last week.
According to Akers, Task Force Agents, in a comined investigation with the Desha County Sheriff’s Department and the McGehee Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Thomas Smith Jr, age 27 for methaphetamine and methaphetamine manufacturing paraphernalia and ingredients.
Pursuant to the search warrant, Agents located one pound bags of iodine, tubing, a homemade condensor and other items that were believed to contain ephedrine, empty bottles of acetone and other items believed to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Agents also located multiple firearms at the residence at the time of the search warrant execution.
Smith was arrested on a warrant obtained by the Task Force and charged with Simultaneous Possession of Drug and a Firearm, Manufacturing a controlled substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with the intent to manufacture. He is currently incarcerated at the Drew County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond that was set at his First Judicial Appearance.
Akers commented, ‘We appreciate the information and assistance we received from the Desha County Agencies that made this investigation possible. It is instances like this where the Task Force is most effective, as agencies in one area receive information about illegal activity in another area outside of their jurisdiction and forward that to us. This enables us to channel all of the investigative efforts towards the activity and is a win- win situation for both Drew and Desha Counties.’
Both the Drew County Sheriffs Department and the Monticello Police Department also assisted in the execution of the search warrant.
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