Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Arkansas man shops in Webster

An Arkansas man who was traveling to Springhill to buy ingredients for his methamphetamine lab, was arrested at his home by agents from four law enforcement organizations.

Joe Sanders Garcie, Jr., 47, of the 700 block of Stuart Street, Taylor, Arkansas, is in a Columbia County jail under $200,000 bond for manufacturing and possessing CDS Sch. II (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Shawn Baker, Webster Parish Sheriff's Office, said investigating officers, including Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd, SPD Det. Ronald Wedgeworth and SPD Sgt. Brian Montgomery, received reliable information concerning Garcie's whereabouts in the Springhill area.

"He was purchasing precursors for the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine," Baker said. "We located the vehicle and Garcie at a local pharmacy and later learned he had purchased a box of pseudoephedrine from that pharmacy."

Baker said the North Webster Drug Task Force was familiar with Garcie and the vehicle, and he was reportedly under investigation for making meth for approximately a year.

"We followed the vehicle back to Taylor to Garcie's residence and set up surveillance," Baker said.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas State Police and Magnolia Police Department were reportedly contacted and advised of the situation.

"All of these agencies have been working in conjunction with our task force for several months," Baker said.

A search warrant was obtained for Garcie's residence and served.

During the search, agents located a full methamphetamine lab in operation, methamphetamine, syringes, smoking devices and numerous other items inside the residence.






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