Three charged with felony possession of meth with the purpose to deliver — and more

Pictured above, from left to right: Dustin Scott Clem, Leslie Deanroy Shutt, and Jamie Lynn Jennings / Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

Three people have been arrested and charged after authorities investigated a complaint that illegal drugs were being sold from an Independence County residence.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Dillon Sallas, a narcotics investigator with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, along with sheriff’s deputies, Arkansas Community Correction officers, and 16th Judicial District drug task force agents went to an address on Schultz Lane to investigate the complaint and to locate an absconder who had been reported as living there, according to court information.

Upon arrival, authorities encountered three occupants of the house, identified as Dustin Scott Clem, 29, Jamie Lynn Jennings, 35, and Leslie Deanroy Shutt, 36. Clem and Shutt were both on parole — each with a search waiver on file, according to the info. 

After a search of the premises, the court documents say officers found four sets of digital scales with methamphetamine residue, a glass smoking device, a large assortment of plastic baggies, a handheld radio that was scanning the sheriff’s department radio frequencies, and a small electronic safe.

Under a search warrant, the safe was opened the next day. Inside, authorities found a large baggie of meth, three smaller baggies of meth, a large assortment of empty plastic baggies, two sets of digital scales, and three vehicle titles, according to the court information.

Clem, Shutt, and Jennings have each been charged with four felonies: possession of meth with the purpose to deliver; possession of drug paraphernalia to process, test, prepare, pack, or repack a controlled substance — namely meth; possession of drug paraphernalia to use to ingest meth; and maintaining a drug premises

In addition, Clem and Shutt are being charged as habitual offenders. If convicted, their sentences could be enhanced.

Clem, Shutt, and Jennings have each been placed on $50,000 bonds.

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