Methamphetamine lab found in Bella Vista

Police say labs are rare finds in NWA area today

It’s been almost two years since police in Bella Vista and Bentonville say they have worked a methamphetamine lab.

On Tuesday, July 25, Bella Vista police officers, with assistance from Bentonville Police Department, executed a search warrant on a home at 56 Billingsley Drive and discovered an active methamphetamine lab.

Anthony Wayne Dunham, 50, was arrested in connection with felony manufacturing of a controlled substance, two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and prescription pills, felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, felony unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate certain crimes, distribution near certainfacilities (within 1,000 feet of a church) and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Bella Vista Det. Ed Williams obtained the search warrant after receiving a tip. Inside, police found felony narcotics, marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, methamphetamine that was actively cooking, eight vessels post-production and multiple paraphernalia items.

The lab utilized the one-pot method, and the methamphetamine was actively cooking in a two-liter 

soda bottle. Bentonville Cpl. Andy Ball and Lt. Tony Marveggio, who are both certified in identifying and securing methamphetamine labs, assisted in the lab cleanup. Materials are stored temporarily in a safe pod by the Arkansas State Police and the DEA, before being properly disposed of.

Police also recovered a dog, cat and bird from the residence.

Dunham at the time of the search was in the Benton County Jail, after being arrested July 24 by Rogers Police Department on delivery of methamphetamine charges. Bella Vista Police served Bella Vista’s arrest warrant at the jail, where he is being held with no bond on Bella Vista’s charges.

The home has been cordoned off, and will require an extensive cleanout process according to Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality regulations.


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