Meth is common denominator in four recent Stone County cases

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Three men and a woman have been charged in Stone County Circuit Court this week on separate drug-related charges.

Joshua D. Elms, 39, of Southside, was charged with two drug-related felonies and five misdemeanors after he told deputies his vehicle hit a slick spot in the rain on Highway 14 East, traveled through a fence, and destroyed an advertising sign in a Dec. 11 incident.

When deputies noticed Elms acting suspicious and smelling of marijuana, the court filing says he flunked a field sobriety check and was arrested. After his arrest, officers located a duffle bag in the back seat of Elms’ vehicle that contained some drug-related items, pills, and around 1.7 grams of a white crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine, the arrest affidavit said. The affidavit noted Elms admitted to the drugs that were found and that he had been using methamphetamine, Clonazepam pills, and marijuana.

Elms was also charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $10,000.


Ronald Wayne Douthit (pictured above), 41, of Mountain View, was arrested and charged after a Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy approached him on Dec. 11 in the Days Inn parking lot after Douthit was seen driving back and forth multiple times between the Circle K/McDonald’s, Sonic, and Days Inn in Mountain View, according to information filed Tuesday in Stone County Circuit Court.

As the deputy and Douthit began a conversation, the deputy told Douthit that he looked like he was on dope, according to the arrest affidavit. The affidavit said Douthit then told the deputy that “everything you want is in the black pouch in the front seat.”

According to the arrest affidavit, officers found a glass vial containing approximately one-half gram of a white crystalline substance that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a glass meth smoking pipe, a marijuana grinder, eight Clonazepam pills, THC dab containers, a snort tube, meth scoopers, a spoon, a set of digital scales with residue that field-tested positive for meth, empty baggies with residue that field-tested positive for meth, an Altoid’s can with residue that field-tested positive for meth, and a marijuana pipe — all inside the pouch.

Douthit is facing three drug-related felonies and a misdemeanor. He’s also being charged as a habitual offender with a bond set for $5,000.


Tim E. Balentine (pictured above), 44, of Fifty-Six, was arrested after a Dec. 12 incident where Balentine was allegedly high on drugs and causing a disturbance.

According to court information filed Tuesday in Stone County Circuit Court, Balentine was charged with possession of meth, a felony, and was also being charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $5,000.


Autumn Nicole Pitts, 28, of Mountain View, was arrested in October after a Stone County Sheriff’s Deputy observed Pitts’ vehicle run a stop sign, according to court information filed Tuesday in Stone County Circuit Court.

After being stopped, the deputy could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, the arrest affidavit said. Pitts told the deputy she had a medical marijuana card and had smoked marijuana “…within a couple of hours of the stop,” according to the affidavit.

After asking Pitts to step out of her vehicle, the deputy searched it and found one vape pen containing THC; two smoking devices containing a “green leafy substance”; two dab pens; two dab wax containers with THC wax residue; and a small container with loose marijuana, the arrest affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, the deputy also located a dirty syringe with residue that was later field-tested to be methamphetamine; two baggies with residue that field-tested positive for meth; a rolled-up ten-dollar bill with residue that field-tested for meth; one small container with residue that field-tested for meth; Xanax pills; and a pill crusher.

Pitts was charged with one drug-related felony and three Class A misdemeanors. Pitts’ bond was set at $1,500.


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1 COMMENT

  1. The sad thing this is everyday normal and has been for years, if you look at the arrests in Stone County 90 percent are meth users, Stone county Junkies making somebody rich In Independence County for decades

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