One man is in custody and another is being sought in connection with a search of a Phillips County residence that turned up discarded meth lab components reports the Phillips County Sheriff's Office.
According to an incident report filed by the PCSO, Linda Mangold contacted the department on Dec. 19 requesting the removal of Brandon Graves from her residence. When deputies arrived at Mangold's home they found Graves passed out in the bathtub.
In the report, Mangold told deputies that Graves and Benjamin Coulter had been staying in the back bedroom of her residence. She reported that during their stay there had been a large number of people in and out of the house.
Mangold gave deputies permission to search the room and her property. The report says that during the search, Lt. Sylvester Rose and Deputy Tommy Bivens discovered several components of meth labs and meth in the bedroom. Several empty prescription pill bottles belonging to Coulter and Graves also were found.
The report goes on to say that in the backyard, deputies discovered a freshly dug hole with shovels lying beside it. Rose found discarded meth lab components that had been buried and a bag containing more prescription bottles belonging to Graves and Coulter.
Deputies arrested Graves on Dec. 31 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance – crystal meth, a Class D felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class D felony; and manufacturing crystal meth, a Class C felony.
Graves is currently in custody in the Cross County Jail at Wynne. His bond was set at $20,000.
PCSO officials urge anyone knowing the whereabouts of Coulter to please contact the Phillips County Sheriff's Department at 870-338-5555.