Scott County Sheriff’s Department seizes meth and firearms


The Scott County Sheriff’s Department discovered 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, meth paraphernalia, body armor and 12 firearms, some of which were stolen.

SCOTT COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. – The Scott County Sheriff’s Department reports that deputies seized drugs, paraphernalia and firearms.

On April 26, Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at Jonai Bates’ residence in the Boles area as part of an ongoing investigation into drug activity.

While executing the search warrant, sheriff’s deputies and a 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force officer discovered approximately 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, paraphernalia for the sale and use of methamphetamine, body armor and 12 firearms, some of which were identified as stolen. .

In the investigation which led to the execution of the search warrant on Bates, deputies carried out a search at the residence of Dante St Michael, also in the Boles area. During the search of his residence, deputies and a 15th DTF officer recovered over 4 pounds of methamphetamine, 15 firearms and a suppressor.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office said Michael was not present during the search of his residence and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Dante St Michael and Jonai Bates were both arrested at the Bates residence on April 26. They both face charges of meth trafficking, concurrent possession of drugs and firearms, maintaining a drug premise, and numerous other drug and firearm-related felony charges.

Dante St Michael’s bail was set at $250,000 cash for those charges and $110,000 related to previous drug charges he was previously on bail for. Bail for Jonai Bates has been set at $50,000.

If you have information related to drug activity in Scott County, please call the Scott County Sheriff’s Department at (479) 637-4155. You can remain anonymous.

As part of an ongoing investigation into drug activity, Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies requested and received a search…

Posted by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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