ESPD carries out major methamphetamine drug bust

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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 dangerous drugs in exchange for leniency in his burglary charge. That arrest turned into a five-month-long narcotics investigation which as resulted in 25 arrests for selling, manufacturing, and possessing with intent to manufacture dangerous drugs, mainly methamphetamine. 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 give the opportunity to purchase drugs from their suppliers.

As the investigation progressed, more suspects were identified and became cooperative informants to the police. 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 county and Taney county in Missouri. That information was shared with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, the Taney County Drug Task Force and the Barry County Sheriff. 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 been arrested.

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 recently, but rapidly becoming illegal across the U.S.

This is the first K2 lab discovered and seized in the state of Arkansas. 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. Cash in the amount of $3,718 was seized from Melia McEnaney of Harrison, and an additional $198 was seized from Casillo.

On April 9, Western District Judge Tim Parker set bond on Casillo at $1,000,000 and Dorothy Keys of Green Forest at $500,000.

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

Christian Lynn 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.

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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  • My name is Jason Nation and I am the one who is unlawfully accused of manufacturing K2. For the record, there was absolutely no k2 involved nor were there k2 packets. The ingredients were alcohol, b. caapi, and kratom. None of which are illegal in any form. I have also been accused of being an informant for the police as per the poorly written article suggesting that I am. I am NOT. NO K2 was recovered. They haven't even finished the analysis of the items, so calling it K2 is a lie. That is a blatant defamation of my character which has led to threats on my life. It was 2 completely harmless herbs made into a TINCTURE. Nothing more. As a result of my rights and privacy being violated, my life has been threatened and any chance of re-establishment of my character has been nullified. I am homeless and starving since even my family has stripped me of their association.

    -- Posted by Soverign Citizen on Wed, Apr 17, 2013, at 12:19 PM
  • And for the record, there was NO raid. They were there to simply place me under arrest for a message sent to someone regarding a NON DRUG RELATED debt.

    The Schedule VI law in Arkansas makes anything that is a simple mixture of herbs illegal if they decide to arrest you. Even an herbal tea is grounds for arrest if they decide it is. As a result, my life is in danger of this character defamation. "The chemicals and other materials have been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis." So how can it be a lab if they don't even know what the items are? Lovely County Citizen, you have destroyed my good name. I've had nothing but genuine love for this town and now as a result, my health is at risk. You are guilty of putting ME in danger and should also be arrested.

    -- Posted by Soverign Citizen on Wed, Apr 17, 2013, at 12:29 PM
  • Did anyone notice in this article that in the list of those arrested my name isn't listed? It is clear that I'm in violation of nothing and an innocent man trying to avoid the use of modern medicine is a sin in their eyes.

    -- Posted by Soverign Citizen on Wed, Apr 17, 2013, at 12:31 PM
    Response by Kristal Kuykendall:

    We are only able to and allowed to publish what the police tell us, word for word. The information we printed in this article came straight from the police department's press release and interviews with the police. We will contact them immediately to ascertain whether THEY have any corrections to the information they gave us, but short of that, there will be no retraction or correction made to this story.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled numerous times that when the police accuse someone of a crime, the media is allowed to report that. If I were you, I would target my indignation and inquiries at the police department, if you believe they made a mistake in their press release and in the information they provided to the media.

    If the police department did make a mistake, we will find out immediately and then print a retraction/correction based on the new information we receive from the authorities. If you need to discuss this further, please email me directly, address is below.

    Thank you,

    Kristal Kuykendall

    Managing Editor

    Lovely County Citizen & Carroll County News

  • Kristal Kuykendall has went out of her way to defame my character and publish FALSE information about the aforementioned events. No drugs were recovered. If the items were not even fully analyzed, how can they recover 5800 dollars worth of it? it's a blatant lie and Kristal Kuykendall is a very hurtful woman. Thank you for ruining every good friend I've had in town and destroying what family relationships I've had. You seem to enjoy publishing false information about me. Once this is proved in court, you WILL make a retraction or I will press charges against you for damages.

    -- Posted by Soverign Citizen on Wed, Apr 17, 2013, at 7:56 PM
  • The drugs will stay out eh??? This is coming from a crooked police force who associates with the $#&%^. No wonder. Jason nation ended his life as a result of this false and poorly written article. I'm his brother, and am furious at this false accusation and confessions which were FORCED. why won't any other agency listen?

    -- Posted by Soverign Citizen on Mon, May 5, 2014, at 8:19 AM
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