Two men traveling in the county last week have been arrested in separate incidents.
On July 25 Deputy Todd Bonds of the Van Buren County sheriff’s office conducted a traffic stop on 34-year-old Donald Dusch of Sherwood, Arkansas.
During the course of the traffic stop Bonds found one plastic corner bag containing a white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, one glass smoking device with suspected methamphetamine residue, one marijuana cigarette, one set of digital scales, and one Raven Arms .25 auto pistol, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Dusch had a previous felony conviction out of Pulaski County in 1998, the release said. Bonds placed Dusch under arrest and contacted the 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force to investigate the narcotics.
Dusch has been charged with four felony charges and one misdemeanor, according to the news release.
In a separate incident the next day, July 26, the sheriff’s office received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the Banner Mountain area of the county. When contact was made with the vehicle, the responding deputy noticed that the driver was asleep in the roadway, according to a news release.
A search of the vehicle revealed a knife, a .45 caliber handgun and a glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.
Jason Spencer, 35, of Marengo, Illinois, was arrested and transported to the Van Buren County Detention Center. Spencer will be facing weapons and drug paraphernalia charges, the sheriff’s office said.