BY LEANN DILBECK –
A joint investigation of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, and law enforcement of the U.S. Forest Service, resulted in the arrest of two Polk County residents for a marijuana growing operation near the Polk and Montgomery County lines near the Edwards Cemetery.
Montgomery County Sheriff David White told The Pulse that LEO of the U.S. Forest Service came to them, after the initial discovery of the patch, to launch a multi-agency investigation. After an initial 7+ week investigation, and a search warrant being issued by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for the Hamilton residence, warrants were issued for the arrest of 28 year old Robert A. Hamilton and Forrest K. Crowley, age 26, both of Mena on a Charge of Manufacture of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance.
White commended the efforts of all of the agencies involved, “This was a good combined effort by all of the agencies involved. Everybody did their part and we got two solid arrests.”