On Monday, Jan. 29, five Paris Police Department officers and an Arkansas State Police trooper conducted a search of a residence near Paris Middle School and seized six pounds of suspected marijuana worth an estimated $50,000-plus.
It was the largest amount of suspected marijuana seized in Paris in the last 19 years, according to PPD Chief John O’Brien.
“I’ve been here 19 years and its the largest amount I’ve ever seen,” O’Brien said last week.
Police arrested a white male in his 20s and transported him to the Logan County Detention Center in Paris. His name isn’t being released because he has not been formally charged, O’Brien said. Officers are also seeking a white female in her 20s who was living at the residence. She was not there at the time the search warrant was served, O’Brien said.
Additional items were seized, including two hand guns, a muzzle loader, items of drug paraphernalia and about $2,000 in cash, O’Brien said.
The six pounds of suspected marijuana have been sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for testing, O’Brien said. The suspected marijuana was inside eight, one-gallon plastic bags and one quart-sized plastic bag.
The suspect faces charges of possession with intent to deliver, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture, distribution near certain facilities and endangering the welfare of a minor. O’Brien said a pre-school aged child was inside the residence when the search warrant was served.
O’Brien said the suspect “had been on our radar for a year in one way or another.”
“We developed information, we got a search warrant and we went in and made an arrest,” he said.