2 arrested for meth in Seligman

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Verbal altercation leads to K-9 search, meth found

A verbal altercation in Seligman led to a police investigation and K-9 search of a vehicle that allegedly turned up bags of meth.

Vanessa Ramos, 28, and Dustin Oxford, 32, both of Seligman, are each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Seligman Police Chief Terry Burgess, he responded to a verbal altercation report at about 10 a.m. on Friday at a gas station on Highway 37 in Seligman. Upon arriving, he detained Ramos, Oxford and another individual.

Burgess said he knew Ramos to be a suspect in a Benton County, Ark., burglary, and she denied consent to search her vehicle because it belonged to her mother.

Burgess said Ramos' mother gave written permission to search the vehicle, and a K-9 unit run around the vehicle had alerted the presence of narcotics on the driver's door handle.

While searching the vehicle, Burgess allegedly found clear plastic baggies with white residue lying on the floor between the driver and passenger seats. The baggies allegedly field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

In the back of the vehicle, Burgess allegedly found a backpack with a black container inside housing three plastic baggies with a crystal-like substance, 11 unused baggies, a glass smoking pipe, a spoon with residue and $280 in cash. A digital scale with white powder residue was also located in the backpack.

Ramos and Oxford are each being held in the Barry County jail on cash-only bonds of $45,000. Both have disposition hearings scheduled for Dec. 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

The third person at the scene was released with no charges.

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