Suspected drug activity at a local motel has resulted in the arrest of a couple on a dozen felony charges each.
Paragould Police have arrested Heather Rena Carrier, 47, of Paragould, on charges of three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or fentanyl, a Class B felony; and nine counts of possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or fentanyl, a Class D felony.
In the same incident, they also arrested Bradley Don Sweaney, 43, of Cardwell, Mo., on charges of one count of possession with purpose to deliver between 10 and 200 grams of methamphetamine or cocaine, a Class A felony; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or fentanyl, a Class B felony; and nine counts of possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or fentanyl, a Class D felony.
Each individual also faces misdemeanor charges. According to probable cause affidavits sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, the arrests occurred April 11 after officers had responded to a report of possible drug activity. As they arrived, they reportedly noticed a “strong odor of burnt marijuana” coming from the room in which Sweaney, Carrier and another individual were staying.
At that time they knocked on the door, which Sweaney answered. As they were talking to Sweaney, they reportedly noticed a syringe sticking out of his shirt pocket. The officers asked him if he had “anything” on him, and sought and received permission to search Sweaney’s person, according to the affidavit.
The officers report that they discovered 5.5 grams of methamphetamine on him, along with 3.2 grams of marijuana, in his front pants pocket. As the result of the strong odor of burnt marijuana in the room, the officers ordered out Carrier and another occupant of the room, then sought and received a telephonic search warrant for the room.
Police say they discovered another 6.2 grams of methamphetamine and an added 2.6 grams of marijuana, along with scales, a glass pipe, bottles used to conceal methamphetamine, burnt aluminum foil, baggies, and syringes.
Sweaney was released from the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) on April 16 on $7,500 bond. Carrier was released from the GCDC on an identical bond on April 17.
The third individual in the room faced no charges.