On the morning of Sunday, March 25th, the on-duty ranger in the park’s Middle Buffalo District saw a man and woman collecting rocks and placing them into the bed of a pickup truck at the Grinders Ferry river access area.
Rangers who contacted the pair saw the woman making furtive movements, as if trying to hide something; she was also acting very nervous, fidgeting, muttering, scratching herself, and shuffling her feet. As the ranger was talking with her, she removed a syringe from her shirt pocket and threw it on the ground. The ranger frisked her for weapons and while doing so observed fresh needle tracks on her arm.
Moments later, field training ranger Todd Garrett and field trainee Paul Chalup (stationed at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) arrived on scene and searched the pickup. During their search, they located several small bundles of methamphetamine (later weighing out at four grams), additional syringes, and other drug paraphernalia. Chalup took the woman into custody and told her she was under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The Searcy County Sheriff’s Office agreed to take the lead role in the case and transported her to Searcy County Jail, where she awaits state prosecution. She was also issued a verbal warning for collecting rocks.