HOT SPRING COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Multiple agencies worked together in Hot Spring County to make two arrests in a drug shipment in Hot Spring County.
The Hot Spring County Sheriff's Dept. got a call from an FBI agent saying they got a tip from the Little Rock Police Dept. about a shipment of meth that was to be delivered to an address on Camp Road in the Bismark area.
The package was intercepted in Hot Springs by authorities. After lining several boxes of the same size and shape, an LRPD officer brought his K-9 partner into the facility to conduct a search and identified the package in question.
Hot Spring County Detectives, FBI agents, an undercover officer from the Little Rock PD, the LRPD Narcotics Squad, and an Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer formulated a plan to deliver the package undercover.
An undercover agent arrived at the home acting as a parcel delivery employee and a man, identified as James Charles, 27 of Hot Springs, signed for receipt of the package.
As law enforcement officers advanced on the residence, to serve a search warrant, Charles fled from the back of the residence. Once inside the residence, law enforcement saw a live feed from a camera, in the front of the residence, playing on the television in the living room. The cameras were used to monitor law enforcement as they approached the residence.
The package containing the drugs was taken from the residence and identified as 1.5 lbs. of methamphetamine (ICE) and 213 grams of marijuana wrapped in a liquid substance in an attempt to conceal the smell. Two arrests were made at the residence and over $100,000.00 in drugs was prevented from making it to the streets of Hot Spring County.
Crystal Hope Boyette, 29, of Bismarck and Christopher Michael Wilson, 25, of Bismarck, were charged with the following and their bond amounts have been set by the judge at $75,000.00 cash or professional bond:
· Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Class Y Felony
· Weapons Possession During Controlled Substance Offenses, Class Y Felony
· Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class D Felony
Charges are also being pursued for Charles. He is wanted for the above charges and other charges related to a vehicle pursuit on March 21st, involving a Hot Spring County Deputy. James Charles fled and four ounces of ICE and a firearm were seized from the suspect vehicle. The Sheriff's Department is attempting to locate Charles.
If you have any information about his whereabouts, please contact the Hot Spring County Sheriff's Department at 501-332-3671.