Paragould Police officers made two arrests recently for possession of counterfeit methamphetamine.

In one case, agents of the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force-North arrested Zachary David Thomason, 40, of Paragould, on charges on one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, a Class B felony; possession of a counterfeit substance with purpose to deliver, a Class C felony; possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine) and of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, both Class D felonies; plus misdemeanor charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Aaron Gamber of the Paragould Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit (SCU), the charges came about as the result of Thomason’s apprehension Oct. 27 on a warrant for absconding. At the time of his arrest, agents of the Task Force found among his personal property 165.8 grams of a white crystal substance similar in texture and appearance to methamphetamine, and packaged in a way consistent with the way methamphetamine is packaged. The agents also reportedly found 0.1 gram of methamphetamine, a syringe presumed to be loaded with methamphetamine, and 6.5 grams of marijuana.

In addition, the agents also reportedly seized digital scales and baggies used to package drugs for sale, along with two glass pipes and syringes commonly used to ingest methamphetamine.

Thomason remains in the Greene County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

In the second incident, police arrested Kenneth Edward McCollum, 50, of Paragould, on charges of one count each of possession of a counterfeit Schedule I/II controlled substance, possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest., etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine. All are Class D felonies.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Lt. Scott Snyder of the SCU, the arrest took place on Oct. 29 as the result of officers making contact with McCollum, who reportedly indicated at the time that he had a pipe in his possession. At that time he reportedly presented a sunglasses case which contained a glass pipe for the ingestion of methamphetamine. It also reportedly contained two baggies, one of which contained 5.5 grams of a substance consistent with the appearance, texture and packaging of methamphetamine. The second held 0.1 grams of a substance likewise consistent in nature of methamphetamine.

So the officers took him into custody and transported him to the police station. Snyder wrote that when he arrived, he conducted field tests on contents from both packages. The larger portion did not test positive, though it has the same appearance as methamphetamine. The second, smaller portion, however, did test positive as methamphetamine.

McCollum remains in the Greene County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.

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