BY MELANIE BUCK –
Christopher Brinlee, Sr., age 53, of Mena, was arrested on Tuesday, November 8th, on an array of charges that center around the alleged sell and distribution of marijuana. Brinlee has been charged with two counts of Delivery of Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Class A Misdemeanor), one count of Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver (a Class C Felony), Simultaneous Possession of Controlled Substance and Firearms (a Class Y Felony), three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (a Class D Felony).
Although the case is still under active investigation, other possible charges could be included.
The Mena Police Department made the arrest following an investigation where marijuana was allegedly purchased from Brinlee. The alleged transactions occurred at Brinlee’s residence, which sits within 1,000 feet of a local school. Due to the transactions occurring within the close proximity of the school, if convicted, Brinlee could face enhanced penalties. A 17-year-old youth was charged in the incident as well.
Brinlee was taken to the Polk County Detention Center and released on a $10,000 bond and currently awaits trial.