According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, on January 29 Probation and Parole officers Agent Cody Cassell and Officer Jimmy Carter with the Arkansas Department of Community Service received information on the location of Mandy Watts, who had an active probation revocation warrant for absconding issued by the Searcy County Circuit Court.
Cassell stated Agent Cassell, Carter, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger and Marshall Police Officer Sam Holliman and his K9 partner went to Marshall Manor where they believed Watts was residing. When officers entered the residence, they asked the female present if Watts resided at the apartment and began a search to locate her. Officers immediately noticed a set of digital scales in plain view on the table.
Officers found Watts in the restroom and when they entered they noticed she was attempting to light a cigarette and appeared very nervous. After placing Watts in custody, they began a search of the area and noticed a glass smoking object similar to ones used for smoking methamphetamine.
The other female present in the apartment gave officers permission to bring in the K9 and conduct a search. She also told officers that she and Watts had smoked meth together earlier in the day.
During a conversation with Watts, she admitted she was hiding drugs from the officers. When officers searched the area where Watts said the drugs were hidden, they found two small bags containing meth and one containing marijuana.
Along with the bags of meth and marijuana, officer also seized a glass smoking device containing residue, set of digital scales with crystalline residue and some notebook paper that appeared to the names and figures to be paid or owed to other individuals.
Watts was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Jail for booking. This investigation was a joint effort between the Searcy County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Department of Community Services Probation and Parole and the Marshall Police Department. Cassell extends his thanks and appreciation to all of the officers involved in this investigation.