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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • SWAT raid nets pot, guns

  • Area man arrested on drug and weapon charges.
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  • An East Clark County man faces life in prison after a recent SWAT Team bust led officers to find marijuana and several loaded guns inside his residence. Lewis "Andy" Keeling was arrested Dec. 12 at his home near the Clark and Dallas county line. He has been formally charged with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms. According to an affidavit, a Clark County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at the 36-year-old's home at 143 Keeling Road, finding 5 ounces of marijuana and five weapons inside the residence. As the SWAT Team entered into the kitchen, Keeling was spotted exiting a bedroom but "quickly" went back inside and closed the door behind him, the affidavit states. Authorities followed him inside and placed him in custody. Once the residence was secured, officers searched the home and reportedly found a large Ziploc bag, a glass jar and a plastic container, all containing marijuana, as a well as a pill bottle with marijuana seeds inside. Three loaded pistols, a loaded rifle and a shotgun were seized in the bedroom. Keeling was then escorted back into the residence, where he pointed to another container of marijuana and made mention of three 6-foot-tall marijuana plants he said he had grown, according to the affidavit. Keeling reportedly admitted that he sold marijuana to friends, and that on one occasion a buyer "had been upset over the quality of the marijuana," the affidavit states. Keeling was transported to the Clark County Detention Center. He has since been released on his own recognizance. Possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver is a Class C felony punishable by three to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms is a Class Y felony punishable by 10-40 years or life in prison.
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