Independence County man wanted by parole board arrested on drug charges

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An Independence County man wanted by the Arkansas Parole Board for absconding was arrested by deputies on drug charges Friday, Jan. 12.

The court information says Johnny Byler, narcotics officer for Independence County had received information of 39-year-old Mark Bryan Scheffler’s whereabouts.

Officers went to the location and stopped a truck in which Scheffler was a passenger as it was leaving the premises. Scheffler was immediately placed under arrest.  A .38 Special revolver which belonged to Scheffler was found under the passenger’s seat.  He had driven to the residence in a bobtail semi-truck.  That vehicle was also searched with meth found in a plastic baggie inside a cigarette pack.  A review of Scheffler’s criminal history through the Arkansas Crime Information Center revealed Scheffler had previously been convicted of more than four felonies.

Scheffler is charged in Independence County Circuit Court with possession of a controlled substance, namely meth, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm — both felonies.  Scheffler is also being charged under the Habitual Offender Law.

His bond was set at $50,000.

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