A reported suicide threat has resulted in the arrest of a Paragould man on many drug charges.
Police arrested Butch Holmes, 35, on charges of one count of possession with purpose to deliver between 10 and 200 grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class A felony; three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine or cocaine and one count of possession of between two and 28 grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (excluding methamphetamine or cocaine), Class B felonies; two counts each of possession with purpose to deliver less than 200 grams of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance and of possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc., both Class D felonies. Holmes also faces numerous misdemeanor drug charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, the arrest occurred after Patrol Cpl. Sam Yates was dispatched to Holmes’ residence regarding the suicide threat. When he arrived, Holmes reportedly answered the door wearing just a pair of shorts despite the outside temperature being 20 degrees. After Holmes invited Yates to come in due to the cold, he reportedly told the officer he was not going to harm himself or anyone else. Holmes reportedly said, however, that his girlfriend had been arguing with him and that he figured she had called police.
As Yates and Holmes were talking, Yates reportedly observed a baggie of methamphetamine on the coffee table. He then requested and got permission to search the rest of the residence. As a result of the search, Yates located a total of 10.6 grams of methamphetamine in three baggies, 7.6 grams of a Schedule II narcotic, 3.4 grams of a Schedule IV narcotic, two pipes of the type typically used to smoke methamphetamine, two digital scales, 3.3 grams of a Schedule VI controlled substance and 11 pieces of misdemeanor drug paraphernalia, according to the affidavit.
Holmes is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.