POCAHONTAS, Ark. – A Pocahontas minister was one of several arrested late Friday/early Saturday by the sheriff’s department in an alleged meth dealing scheme.
Jonathan Fears, 50, of Pocahontas, was arrested by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. He was booked into jail at 3:47 AM, records show. Fears serves as minister for Skaggs Church of Christ and was leading online Bible study as recently as Wednesday night. He is also an owner and funeral director of a local funeral home.
David Liebhabher, 52, of Biggers, was arrested on the same charges as Fears. Jeremy Blackwell, 41, of Imboden, was arrested for possession of meth with intent to distribute and drug paraphernalia. Michael Jones, 38, of Imboden, was arrested on possession of meth, paraphernalia, battery, and fleeing.
Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell confirmed the arrests to NEA Report. He wrote in an update on social media that his deputies made a “good bust” Friday night on two traffic stops. The sheriff told our reporter he believes all of the arrests are connected.
Several thousand dollars in cash were recovered along with what appears to be a large bag of crystal meth, several syringes, numerous pills, and other items.