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Independence County man charged with two meth-related felonies

An Independence County man has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with two drug-related felonies.

In late February, the Independence County Sheriff’s Office and 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force received information that 47-year-old Jamie Ray Rounds had some stolen property at his residence, according to information in the Affidavit of Probable Cause for Arrest.

On Feb. 26, when Rounds and some friends left his residence in Rounds’ truck, officers followed them into town where a Batesville Police Department squad car pulled the truck over for expired tags and a busted windshield.  

In the process of the stop, it was discovered that Rounds had an amount of meth and a meth smoking pipe above the visor on the driver’s side of the truck, noted the court documents. Rounds was then arrested and taken into custody.

A search warrant was issued for Rounds’ residence where several items were confiscated including two chainsaws (one suspected as being stolen), scales, packaging materials, a notebook containing money figures and items for trade, a 22 pistol, and four long guns.

In a Miranda interview at the county jail, the court documents said Rounds stated that several people had been bringing him guns, lawnmowers, weed eaters, tools, and other items to his residence to trade.  He said to investigators during the interview that a known felon had been trading most of the guns. Rounds also is alleged to have said that he just uses meth and does not sell it.

In Circuit Court, Rounds is charged with:  possession of meth with the purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to use meth.  Both are felonies.

Rounds was placed in jail on a $20,000 bond.

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