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A pocket full of money and a safe full of meth

A pocket full of money and a safe full of meth — that’s what a home search by Batesville Police Department (BPD) and Arkansas Community Corrections (ACC) officers found following a tip that a man in a College Street apartment was in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine.

While checking out the information the BPD received, it was found the subject, Corey Leon Mayes, 32, was currently on parole with a search waiver on file.

BPD Narcotics Investigator Dillon Sallas, along with Arkansas State Police Special Investigator Greg Tebbetts and ACC officers, went to Mayes’ apartment on April 4 with Mayes answering the door, according to court documents.

Mayes was informed officers were there to search his apartment for illegal drugs. The group found a baggie of marijuana in the living room and a safe located in a closet.

Mayes provided the combination, telling officers: “There is a gun in the safe too.” Inside, officers found, in baggies: one pound and 3.5 ounces of meth along with a handgun and loaded magazine.

If the meth were sold in small quantities on the street, Sallas noted, it would bring in around $25,000. He also said there were two major reasons for charging Mayes as a habitual offender: 1) Mayes has been previously convicted of two felonies, and 2) the apartment from which he allegedly sold meth was located within 1,000 feet of a church.

During Mayes arrest, officers also found $2,608 in US currency in his pockets, according to court info.

Mayes has now been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with two Class Y felonies (which carry the most severe penalties): trafficking a controlled substance — namely meth and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm

In addition, Mayes has been charged with felony possession of a firearm by a certain person and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance — namely marijuana.

Mayes bond has been set by Judge Chaney Taylor at $250,000.

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