Meth Bust in Bella Vista Causes Growing Concern for Police

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BELLA VISTA, Ark. — Bella Vista Police are working to keep meth off the streets and out of homes in Bella Vista.

Bella Vista Police Chief, James Graves said,  “It’s a drug that is sort of a scourge across much of the country. This area is one of those areas.”

On Tuesday of this week,  Bella Vista police said they were called to investigate a home off of Billingsley Road

Chief Graves said, “There was definitely an active cooking process going on. The precursor chemicals that are involved in methamphetamine production as well. “

With the help of Bentonville Police, 50-year-old, Anthony Wayne Dunham was arrested.

Police said Dunham was cooking meth in a two-liter soda bottle making for a potential ticking time bomb.

Bella Vista Police said meth comes in all types of containers including water bottles. However,  you might be surprised to find that the most dangerous part of these bottles isn’t the meth.

“I mean it is combustible but it’s not the meth itself that will explode it’s the precursor chemicals that are used in the process that can be very dangerous,” said Chief Graves.

If you think you see a bottle on the side of the road with a suspicious substance, police said do not pick it up.

“An active meth lab is very dangerous just because of the chemicals involved it can be very dangerous and then itself even when it’s no longer in production there is a decontamination process that has to take place to make the residents safe again,” said Chief Graves.

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