Search for absconder leads to three arrests, discovery of meth and more

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Having information that a parole absconder could be found in a mobile home off Double Road in the Southside area, officers with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, the Batesville Police Department, and Arkansas State Police went to the residence late yesterday morning.

According to the incident report, when authorities arrived at the mobile home they found the absconder, Luke Keith Isley (pictured above, left), 40, along with two others — Kristin Mechelle Leonard (center), 28, and Steven Allen Foster (right), 34. Isley was put into restraints by Arkansas State Police Special Agent Greg Tebbetts without incident.

In his report, Independence County Narcotics Investigator Johnny Byler said Foster initially resisted officers’ commands to step outside the front door of the residence. After being secured by fellow narcotics investigator Dillon Sallas, Foster was taken into custody.

According to the report, a search of Foster yielded a plastic baggie of crystal meth in his pocket, while in Isley’s bedroom, authorities found several items — three baggies of a crystalline substance that tested positive as methamphetamine, a glass smoking device, a semi-automatic handgun, digital scales, and empty baggies commonly used in packaging illegal drugs for sale. Also, over $1,500 in cash was found inside a wallet with Isley’s Arkansas driver’s license. Multiple marijuana smoking devices were also found in the living room, lying on a table, the report said.

Authorities additionally noted a child was discovered by investigators to be living in the residence. A representative of the Arkansas Department of Human Services was notified and later arrived on the scene. After their investigation, Leonard was placed under arrest, according to the report.

All three were placed on a probable cause hold until charges are filed with the prosecuting attorney. Each could face one or more of the five felony violations documented at the scene.

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