Two Jefferson County residents were arrested Tuesday and authorities said six bags containing methamphetamine were seized after a multi-agency investigation.
Tiffany Broach, 40, and Homer Cotton, 43, were taken into custody after a search warrant was served at a house in the 12000 block of U.S. 79, according to an affidavit from Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Danny Fletcher.
During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said a confidential informant was used to buy methamphetamine from Cotton, and investigators were able to obtain a search warrant signed by Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth.
Fletcher reported that agents from the drug task force, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the county’s’ SWAT Team, along with investigators from the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, served the warrant.
In addition to the methamphetamine, investigators found a bag containing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Fletcher said.
The methamphetamine weighed 7.9 grams, Fletcher said in the affidavit.
Kizer said Broach was not involved in the sale of the methamphetamine but had admitted “using methamphetamine.”
Because Cotton allegedly made the sale to the confidential informant, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kizer said Cotton has a lengthy criminal record with offenses dating back to 1998.
Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Broach with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Broach is currently on probation and petitions have been filed to revoke that probation.
A $25,000 bond was set for both Broach and Cotton and they were told to come back to court April 17.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent both Broach and Cotton.