Yesterday, December 21, at approximately 6 a.m. Investigators with the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 169 Boardwalk, in Garland County, AR. The residence is owned by Elaine Hodgin and has been under investigation as a place where methamphetamines is manufactured and sold.
The Garland County Tactical Response Team assisted the Drug Task Force
by securing the residence, several out buildings and numerous vehicles located
on the property. Joseph Gratz, Robert Vance, Thelma Lazetera, Silas Roach and
Rhonda Roach were all taken into custody by the Tactical Team without incident.
Elaine Hodgin complained of a medical problem and was transported to a local
hospital where she was released a short time later.
The Hot Springs
Police Department K9 units were utilized to search the property and residence
for controlled substances.
Investigators located numerous items inside
the residence related to the manufacture, sale and use of methamphetamines,
methamphetamine powder as well as a 25 caliber handgun. Outside the residence
Investigators located several “box meth labs”. Some of the components of the lab
included Camp Fuel, matches, plastic tubing, Heet, glassware, drain opener,
iodine crystals, red phosphorous, alcohol, a pill grinder, hot plates, digital
scales, coffee filters, and paraphernalia items used to package and ingest
methamphetamines. The Drug Task Force seized a 1999 Ford truck, a 2011 Ford
Mustang, a 2012 Chevrolet Camero and two motorcycles. A restraining order was
filed against property owner and the residence was secured (boarded) pending a
court appearance on 1-7-13.
All of those taken into custody were charged
with multiple violations including, Manufacturing Methamphetamines, Possession
of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia, Unauthorized Use of Another Persons Property to Facilitate
Certain Crimes. In addition, Joseph Gratz was charged with Possession of a
Firearm by Certain Persons and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and a Firearm
based on a previous Felony conviction. Charges against Elaine Hodgin are
The 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force is comprised of
members from the Garland County Sheriff’s Department, the Hot Springs Police
Department and the Arkansas State Police.