Mother and Son Arrested on Drug Charges, Again

According to an affidavit released by Mountain Home Police Chief Carry Manuel, a Mountain Home mother Valeory Hodges, 50, and her son Gary Barker, 26, out of prison on bond have been captured for the second time in under a month for allegedly selling methamphetamine.

The mother and son were arrested on Saturday on multiple charges connected to the possession of methamphetamine and marijuana to be sold.

Sgt. Robert McCoy of the Mountain Home Police Department was watching a room at a local hotel because of various complaints of drug deals, according to the affidavit.

McCoy saw a vehicle leave and stopped it for an equipment violation. A strong odor of marijuana was originating from the car, according to reports by McCoy. McCoy reportedly found a lot of money inside the car.

Hodges who was a passage in the car is a parolee with a search waiver on file. Hodges was escorted back to the hotel room by McCoy where she was staying with her son Gary Barker.

In the wake of affirming Hodges was the person renting the room, a search of the room was carried out. 22 grams of meth, 54 grams of marijuana and various things used for selling and consuming both weed and meth were discovered by officers inside the room.

$1,713 in cash was also seized by authorities from Hodges.

Hodges and Barker were arrested on February 7 on similar charges.

As indicated by an oath, Barker was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and hydrocodone with the end goal of delivery, possession of cocaine, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, concurrent possession of drugs and guns and possession of a defaced firearm, according to the affidavit.

Hodges faces similar charges with the addition of a possession of ecstasy charge and the subtraction of the cocaine charge.

At the point when officers got to the apartment on February 7 to carry out a search, Hodges, who had a search waiver on file, answered the door and let the officers into the apartment.

According to the affidavit, a strong odor of marijuana was reported by officers inside the house. They discovered Barker in a bedroom trying to hide a black bag under a bed.

Barker was searched immediately by officers and multiple bags of white crystalline substance weighing seven grams each was found. Marijuana smoking pipes, multiple knives, and a police-style baton were also discovered.

Barker’s room was also searched and more bags of crystalline substance, one bag of cocaine, more than five ounces of marijuana, multiple drug smoking devices, multiple loaded syringes, plastic bags, digital scales and an armed 9 mm pistol with the serial number scratched off was discovered.

Officers reported finding bags filled with more than one ounce of a crystalline substance which was thought to be meth, a bag of hydrocodone pills, used syringes, an ecstasy pill and cash of $8,832 in Hodges room.

They were both released on bond from the February 7 arrest before their recent arrest on Saturday. Barker posted bond and was released on Sunday while his mom Hodges remained in jail.

In any case, Barker was arrested once more on Monday, this time on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

A Department of Human Services worker called MHPD requested help investigating a report of drugs being used in front of a four-year-old, according to an affidavit in Barker’s latest arrest.

Officers reported a “heavy fog of marijuana throughout the residence and particularly the garage” when they arrived.

Barker was arrested and taken to the Baxter County jail where he was held in a bond of a $1,640 bond.


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