Search warrant leads to seizure of drugs distributed in schools

Large amount of Kratom recovered from home

Three people were arrested on multiple drug and other charges Tuesday, after Bella Vista Police personnel executed a search warrant on a Bella Vista home.

Scott Howard Dostie, 41, of 11 Wroxham Lane, and Suzanne Michelle North, 37, of Oklahoma, were charged in connection with the possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor, and unauthorized use of property to facilitate a crime — all felonies — and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dostie’s daughter Elexa Lyon Dostie, 19, was charged in connection with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pictured, from left: Officer Yancy McCool, Sgt. Scott Vanatta and Det. Ed Williams.

A juvenile was released to a parent, and has charges pending.

Among the drugs seized during the search was nearly 8 pounds of suspected Kratom — a schedule I narcotic — and those arrested have been linked to cases worked by other agencies in the northwest Arkansas area.

Kratom has only been illegal in Arkansas since 2016, said Sgt. Scott Vanatta, the department’s certified drug recognition expert. It is illegal in only 14 states, but becoming a bigger problem. Two capsules are a typical “dose,” Vanatta said, and acts as a depressant. Higher doses turn the drug into a stimulant, with an opioid-type effect. These large doses of Kratom, Vanatta said, will put you in the hospital.

Vanatta and Detective Ed Williams received information from an informant that the individuals were using and selling drugs out of the home. After obtaining a search warrant, police executed the warrant Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 22.

When they arrived at the home, the homeowners granted entry to the residence. The homeowners, who are the parents of Scott Dostie, stated they were unaware of drug activity at the residence. Dostie and North (who did not reside there but was staying there) were detained while officers searched the home, for safety. During the search, Elexa Dostie arrived at the residence and was also detained. The three were later transported to the Bella Vista Police Department to be interviewed, and then to the Benton County Jail.

Scott Dostie admitted in the interview sharing illegal drugs with his two daughters, including methamphetamine, LSD, mushrooms and marijuana.

“These officers are commended for working hard to get these drugs off the street and out of the schools. Their actions this week could hopefully change the trajectory of these young people’s lives, and potentially save the lives of others,” said Bella Vista Chief James Graves.

“We will not tolerate this type of activity in our city,” he added, “and will continue to work at chipping away at this problem affecting the lives of especially those who are still so young and have their whole lives in front of them.”

During the search, in addition to the Kratom, officers found prescription pills, suspected marijuana and edible marijuana, marijuana and methamphetamine paraphernalia, hallucinogens (mushrooms), empty pill capsules used for packaging drugs for sale and a small caliber pistol.

Scott Dostie was released from the Benton County Jail on a $12,000 bond. North remained at the Benton County Jail Friday in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Elexa Dostie was released Thursday from the Benton County Jail. Their court date has been set for October 2.


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