Search warrant at Batesville residence turns up illegal drugs, stolen firearms, and other drug-related items


A search warrant recently executed by local law enforcement officers at a Batesville residence turned up illegal drugs, stolen firearms, and other drug-related items, according to court info.

Dillon Sallas, narcotics investigator for the Batesville Police Department, was joined by Special Agent Greg Tebbetts of the Arkansas State Police and Independence County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigator Chris Toland, in executing a search warrant on Broadwater Lane in Batesville.

Sallas said the homeowner, Trevor Devon Briggs, 38, answered the door and was informed of the search warrant and detained. So were three females in the house’s living room: Stephanie R. Crick, 26, of Batesville, Christy Lynn Sterling, 38, of Hidden Valley, Independence County, and Stacey Nicole Revelle, 23, of Paragould.

Sallas said the search turned up: a sizable amount of cash, a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, a Glock handgun Model 30, a Glock handgun Model 20 with an automatic selector attached, two glass smoking pipes suspected to be used to ingest meth, 31 grams of a green substance suspected to be synthetic marijuana, 2.5 ounces of a white crystalline substance suspected to be meth, one prescription-type bottle with no label containing 40 Alprazolam pills, multiple Glock magazines, one high-capacity Glock magazine, and one Savage Arms .30-06 long rifle.

Sallas said when the firearms’ serial numbers were checked, the Model 30 was reported stolen from Mountain Home and the Model 20 was reported stolen from a Batesville residence. Officers noticed that the Model 20 had a selector attached to the rear of the gun to alter it to become fully automatic.

When the investigation and interviews were completed, Crick and Revelle were released with no further charges. Sallas said charges on Briggs and Sterling are pending a review by the prosecuting attorney’s office.

Sallas said charges could include: theft by receiving; maintaining a drug premises; possession of meth; possession of drug paraphernalia; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; possession of firearms by certain persons; possession of marijuana; tampering with physical evidence; and criminal use of a prohibited weapon. Altogether 11 felony charges and two misdemeanor charges were mentioned in the information that might apply to this case.

The hold on Briggs also includes a bond of $20,000 cash set by Judge Chaney Taylor.

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