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Investigation Leads to Multiple Charges for Local Pair

BY MELANIE WADE –

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department made two arrests on Thursday, January 25, 2018, for an array of charges including drug charges, possessing stolen property, maintaining a drug premise, and endangering a minor. The Sheriff’s Department along with the 18th Judicial West Drug Task Force executed search warrants in two residences, one in Mena and another in Yocana, that resulted in the arrests of Ricky Paul Ferguson, age 41, and Clara D. Ferguson, age 42, both of Mena.

The warrants were attained following a two-month investigation.

While executing the search warrants, officers found a large amount of cash and methamphetamine. Authorities also recovered a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from the Fort Smith area and a truck reported stolen from Conway.

Although formal charges are pending, initial charges for the pair are: Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft by Receiving, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug Premises, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.

Bond was set at $100,000 each. Both currently remain in the Polk County Detention Center awaiting formal arraignment.

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