Woman from controversial video confrontation with deputy is now facing 20 drug-related felony counts


An Independence County woman who, only days ago, was involved in a domestic incident in which a county deputy was suspended for a week, has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with 20 counts of drug-related felonies and one Class A misdemeanor. (Click here for the earlier story.)

According to officials, Kandy Renay Dowell (pictured), 37, has been under investigation by the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation unit since Aug. 1, 2019. That investigation involved controlled buys from Dowell by confidential informants.

She is accused of committing six felonies and one Class A misdemeanor in the process of that undercover operation. In the court information, ASP Special Agent Greg Tebbetts said on six occasions during those seven months, a confidential informant purchased, with ASP “confidential buy” funds, narcotics from Dowell. The informant said those narcotics included: Buprenorphine, Naloxone sublingual film, Alprazolam, and Hydrocodone.

On a seventh occasion, Tebbetts said he used a confidential informant to purchase narcotics from a juvenile sent by Dowell to deliver the narcotics. Tebbetts said Dowell communicated with the confidential informant on a cell phone, using text messages, regarding the controlled substance to be delivered, the price, and the location to meet.

In the court record, Tebbetts also said that the location of each controlled substance delivery committed by Kandy Dowell was less than 1,000 feet from the real property of a church. Additionally, the location of each delivery that she committed was on the property of another person without that person’s knowledge or consent.

Dowell is charged with six counts of delivery of a controlled substance in various amounts; one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance; six counts of unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate certain crimes; seven counts of unlawful use of a communications device (cell phone); and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Special Agent Tebbetts said when he reviewed Kandy Dowell’s criminal history on the Arkansas Crime Information Center, he noted that she had more than four felony convictions in Independence County Circuit Court on her record, therefore he requested she be tried under the Habitual Offender Law. If convicted, she would then be subject to an extended term of imprisonment.

Dowell is in jail in Izard County since the Independence County jail is not taking female prisoners. Her bond has been set at $20,000.

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  1. What happened to 16th judicial task force they should not be funded they wasted to much money chasing innocent people and and settling grudges we all know this and the state having to run drug investigations in the home of 16th they are useless and the reason our area is overrun with meth and pills Independence counties drugs flow to all other counties and we are tired of it. FED UP WITH FUNDING THE CAUSE OF LETTING DEFEATED SHERRIFS MAKE IT TO RETIREMENT CLOSE DOWN THE TASK FORCE SAVE MONEY USE IT FOR TREATMENT GOD KNOWS WE HAVE ENOUGH JUNKIES TO FIX BECUASE there inability to the job. Remember me I am Dennis Padelford and I beat you all like red headed step child and I will always remember every one of sorry bastards

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