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Public Release – YELL COUNTY SHERIFF’s DEPARTMENT (Sheriff Bill Gilkey)
Meth Trafficking Case On 5th Street
Sheriff Bill Gilkey announced Monday the arrest of a Dardanelle woman in connection with an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Yell County. Chief Deputy John Foster stated that Rebecca Ann Vinson, 77, of Dardanelle, was taken into custody at her residence on 5th Street following the execution of a search warrant at her residence by Yell County Sheriff’s Deputies on July 31, 2018.
According to Foster, Sheriff’s investigators allege that Vinson lives alone at her residence and was found to be in possession of approximately 26 grams of methamphetamine, 19 grams of various prescription narcotics, digital scales, several glass smoking devices, over $3,600 in cash and over 50 clear plastic baggies alleged to have been used in the packaging of methamphetamine for distribution. Foster stated that Vinson was also alleged to have been distributing illicit drugs within 1000 feet of a city park, and therefore could face an enhancement of an additional 10 years in prison. Foster indicated that this investigation was designed to target individuals involved in the commercial distribution of illicit drugs and not merely end users.
Vinson faces the filing of formal charges by Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum of Danville which could include the possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, delivery of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, distribution near certain facilities and various other felony possession of controlled substance charges, according to Foster. Foster stated that Vinson was held in the Yell County Detention Facility in Danville and was later released on $50,000 bond, and now faces appearances in Yell County Circuit Court in Dardanelle before Judge Jerry Don Ramey.