A rural Howell County man has been arrested on felony charges after a search warrant was served and he was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine, several firearms and the key to a vehicle reported stolen.
Adam Dewayne Bartlett, 28, MM Highway, was arrested at 6:23 p.m. July 3 at the West Plains Police Department on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree tampering and unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a weapon and controlled substances. He is held on $25,000 bail.
Deputies reported Bartlett was sitting on a sofa with a nonfunctioning Mak-90 Sporter 7.62 X 39 rifle concealed in it. A pair of tennis shoes in which two hypodermic syringes and a cigarette lighter were hidden was reportedly found near where Bartlett was sitting. A sawed-off shotgun was also found in a vehicle parked outside the house, according to court documents.
As a prior felon, Bartlett is barred from owning firearms.
Also found in the search was a bag of a white crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, packaging material and a set of scales, located in a duffel bag with men’s clothing that was identified as belonging to Bartlett by other people in the residence.
Bartlett reportedly denied knowledge of the bag. A key fob to a 2019 Buick Encore that was reportedly rented to the mother of Bartlett’s significant other out of a Mtn. Home, Ark., car rental agency was also found in the home.
Authorities noted Bartlett was driving the vehicle during an arrest on June 29 on a charge of failure to appear on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle, and he bonded out. It was reported stolen on July 1 and found abandoned in Howell County on July 2 with bond paperwork belonging to Bartlett in it.
The vehicle was reportedly involved in a high-speed chase by Howell County deputies in the early morning hours of June 30, abandoned when the vehicle entered Ozark County.
According to court documents, the key fob was the only one given to the renter by the car rental company, which had the other key fob to the vehicle.