Barling Woman Held Without Bond After Meth Bust

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A Sebastian County woman is being held without bond after police say she had been selling methamphetamine out of her Barling home.

Trudy Nichols, 40, was arrested Tuesday (April 30) after she was found with 6.5 grams of meth packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop, according to Investigator Jerry Foley with the Barling Police Department.

"She had it bagged in different bags with different weights anywhere from about a quarter gram to up to about three and a half grams," said Foley.

Nichols faces felony charges of maintaining premises for drug activity, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, endangering welfare of a minor, possession of a counterfeit substance.

Nichols was stopped for speeding on a residential street a couple blocks away from her home Tuesday afternoon, Foley said. The officer found the drugs in her car and secured a search warrant for her home on Chateau Street in Barling.

"We found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, surveillance equipment, marijuana, pills that she had packaged for sale, scanners," said Foley.

Investigators found at least five surveillance cameras monitoring the property, according to Foley, including one hidden inside a bird house.

William Jason Owens, who rents a room in the home, was cited and released for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Nichols was arrested and convicted of manufacturing meth in 2004.

"We have been receiving intel on her for quite some time," said Foley. "She's been pulled over before and (police have) just not had any luck. Yesterday was her day."

Police say Nichols' teenage daughter also lived in the home but has been released to the custody of her father.