Mitchell arrested after traffic stop
May 14, 2014 | 3681 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An investigation into suspicious items located near a farm field led to the arrest of Robert Chase Mitchell, 29 of Indianola.

Mitchell was arrested after a traffic stop on Dummy Line Road on May 8.

According to a release from the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department, the traffic stop came after a quick investigation found crystal methamphetamine precursor chemicals, chemicals needed to manufacture crystal methamphetamine, that were located in a wooded area near a farm field.

One of the precursor chemicals, anhydrous ammonia, was found inside of a fire extinguisher at the location. Anhydrous ammonia is a chemical used in farming as well as refrigeration that can be deadly if improperly stored or the vapors are inhaled.

After being stopped on Dummy Line Road by Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigator Ray Morris, Mitchell’s Chevrolet truck was searched, at which time numerous precursors were located inside the vehicle, including stripped lithium batteries and starter fluid (ether).

An AR-15 rifle and numerous boxes of ammunition were also located inside the vehicle.

“These type chemicals can be deadly if a person doesn’t know what it is or how to handle it,” said Morris. “If residents locate any type of suspicious chemical or items they’re not sure of, contact law enforcement before attempting to mess with them.”

Mitchell was taken before a Bolivar County Justice Court judge where his bond was set at $30,000. At the time of his arrest, Mitchell was also wanted out of Leflore County for a previous drug court violation arrest warrant.

If you know of any narcotics or criminal activity happening in your area, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All calls are confidential.