Following up on an investigation of a May drug bust, local authorities seized more than 1 kilogram of methamphetamine from a Conway home.
Investigators with the Conway Police Department and Faulkner County Sheriff's Office worked together to track down a man who was reportedly found with half a pound of methamphetamine in his vehicle on May 29. Continuing with their investigation, the departments have now seized more than 1 kilogram of methamphetamine along with other contraband after searching a residence on Gapview Drive on July 6.
Brian Morgan, 40, and Misty Collins, 37, both of Conway are each charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug premises following a search warrant conducted at 61 Gapview Drive last week.
Online records show Morgan "became suspect of an investigation due to the facts of another investigation" after 45-year-old John Christopher Burch was reportedly found with half a pound of methamphetamine in his vehicle during the May traffic stop.
Conway police worked alongside the sheriff's office using a confidential informant to arrange having Burch "bring them a large amount of methamphetamine" in May, according to online records. The confidential informant arranged for Burch to meet up with him to purchase a quarter pound of meth off Burch. However, according to a probable cause affidavit, Burch was pulled over along Highway 287 in Springhill and reportedly had half a pound of meth in his vehicle.
A sheriff's deputy reportedly pulled over the gray Dodge Charger that Burch was driving after noticing the vehicle drive left of center on Highway 287 near the Springhill Baptist Church. While speaking with Burch, the deputy noted in a May incident report that Burch seemed extremely nervous upon the stop, which triggered him to have his K-9 partner "conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle."
"As I spoke with Mr. Burch, I noticed that he was sweating heavily inside the vehicle with the air conditioner on," the deputy wrote in his report. "I also noticed his heart was beating out of his chest. His shirt was visibly moving."
According to the report, K-9 Timon alerted he detected narcotics inside the vehicle.
"While conducting the K-9 sniff, K-9 Timon alerted near the driver's door," the deputy wrote in his report of the traffic stop. "Mr. Burch was told of the alert. I explained due to the alert, I had probable cause to search the vehicle at this point. He immediately dropped his head, sighed softly, and asked for a cigarette. This was an indication Mr. Burch may have narcotics in the vehicle."
In his report, the deputy noted finding a gallon-sized plastic bag filled with "a large amount of a white crystallized substance."
In following up on this investigation, authorities requested a circuit judge's approval to search Morgan's residence, citing a statement reportedly made by Burch to the confidential informant stating "he would have to stop at Brian Morgan's home and get" the requested quarter pound of meth, according to a search warrant affidavit.
After receiving the OK from Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr., investigators went to Morgan's home at 61 Gapview Drive in Conway.
Online records state Collins was the only one at the Gapview Drive residence when authorities arrived on scene to conduct the search warrant.
According to a probable cause affidavit, she initially told sheriff's office investigators she was only at the house "to let the dog out," but later stated she was Morgan's girlfriend and admitted to a prior incident where Morgan reportedly asked her to get meth out of safe located in the master bedroom from a man named "Stevie" in exchange for $2,500.
While searching the home, CPD and FCSO investigators found $62,696 in the master bedroom, along with "well over 200 grams of suspected methamphetamine," "unknown powders and generic pills," electronic vacuum sealers, digital scales and other packaging materials, "handwritten drug ledgers" and "approximately 1 pound of marijuana."