During a compliance check late last Friday morning, Sept. 25, authorities say two parolees were caught with multiple items that could lead to possible felony charges against the two.
According to the incident report, Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Wayne Wallace was called to a west Batesville residence to assist Brian Gould, a probation and parole officer.
During the check, Gould reported the discovery of a .22-caliber pistol hidden in the bed of the two subjects — identified in the report as Antonio Vernell Earnest, 42, and Nichole Sherill Henson, 47. That discovery prompted a complete check of the residence which turned up two sets of digital scales — one of which, the report noted, had methamphetamine residue on it.
Also found, according to authorities: multiple plastic bags, spoons with meth residue, a glass smoking device with meth residue, and 19 pills that tested as narcotic pills.
Authorities say possible charges against Earnest and Henson could be: possession of a firearm by certain persons; simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm; possession of a Schedule I narcotic; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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