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PARAGOULD, Ark. – Three suspects are in custody after Greene County Sheriff’s Department found them in a home with electrical cord running from the neighboring home to power the residence with.
Authorities also found meth packaged for sale in the home.
On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Deputy Anthony Ganus learned a suspect with an active warrant, Johnathan Fletcher, 37, of Paragould, was staying at 1120 Highway 135 across from the fairgrounds. Deputies conducted surveillance in a discreet location that evening and observed Fletcher in the home with several others. Many of the individuals were entering through the back door of the residence. All the windows were open and an electrical extension cord was running into the home from the neighboring residence. No power or water was running in the home, deputies would learn.
At 9:50 PM that evening, authorities moved in to arrest Fletcher. After not receiving a response for several minutes, they entered the residence to take custody of Fletcher. Once inside, they made contact with Autumn Artis, 24, of Paragould. She was ordered to the ground and taken into custody.
Then, police located Michael Gage Johnson, 22, of Paragould. He, too, was ordered into the ground and taken into custody.
Authorities finally located Fletcher, who peaked out from behind a bedroom door, the report said. Methamphetamine was seen in the room lying in plain sight. He was handcuffed as the rest of the residence was cleared.
Deputies learned all the suspects were on parole or probation with active search waivers on file. They found pills, pot, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and a BB pistol inside of the home. When Fletcher asked to smoke a cigarette, police found a small bag of meth in it as well. The report said Johnson and Fletcher said they could not pass tests for meth use but Artis claimed she could.
A total of 8.7 grams of separately packaged meth was found from Fletcher’s bedroom.
All of the suspects were arrested and taken to the Greene County Detention Center. Each suspect faces potential felony drug charges along with their parole/probation status, which may have been violated.