SUBSTANTIAL DRUG SEIZURE AND TWO ARRESTS
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), Benton Police Department (BPD), Arkansas State Police (ASP) and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force conducted a search warrant in East End which resulted in a large amount of crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drugs, drug proceeds, drug paraphernalia and a large cache of weapons.
Kongkeomany Phimmacheck, 39 years of age, and Michelle Isom, 33 years of age, were taken into custody and face felony charges of Trafficking, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft by Receiving. The investigation is on-going and additional charges may be lodged at a later date.
“Today, we have disrupted a criminal organization that was responsible for distributing a large amount of crystal methamphetamine throughout our community,” said Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright. “Crystal meth is one of the most dangerous drugs in Saline County. Most of it is made in Mexico and shipped here for sale to local retailers who push it to consumers.”
“The Saline County Sheriff’s Office and the Benton Police Department have been conducting drug investigations in the county for over a year. This has been a collaborative effort which has proven to be successful in many cases. These investigations are time consuming as detectives and deputies are always focused on targeting drug distributors, drug manufacturers and any inter-state or international connections to larger drug organizations. The coordination, cooperation and collaboration in this investigation is a tremendous tribute to the selfless dedication we see time and time again with our SCSO deputies, Benton PD detectives, Arkansas State Police and DEA Task Force counterparts.”
It is important to note that some information was gleaned by citizens reporting suspicious activity through various Tip Lines. The community’s involvement is a very important building block in constructing a strong bridge between the SCSO and citizens living/working in our county.
Anyone with information concerning criminal activities conducted at the residence or with the two arrested, is encouraged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Office 501-303-5741 (Narcotics Tip Line). That information is kept confidential and individuals may remain anonymous. A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Saline County Sheriff’s Office website at scsosheriff.org.