Lee H. Nazarian 2017


“The very definition of being a danger to the community” is the description given by authorities to a West Plains man already facing a long list of charges who was arrested late last week after allegedly selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of Wonderland day care and 2,000 feet of West Plains High School.

Lee Harris Nazarian, 33, Locust Street, was arrested at 11:42 p.m. Friday on North Howell Avenue and charged with distribution of a controlled substance within a protected area and delivery of a controlled substance. He was released with $75,000 bail.

Howell County Deputy Torey Thompson reported Nazarian was the driver of a vehicle stopped by deputies and arrested under suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance and driving while revoked/suspended. A consent search of the vehicle was reportedly conducted and no contraband was found, Thompson said.

However, after Nazarian was taken into custody and asked by deputies if he had any illegal substances on him he reportedly first refused to answer, then told deputies he would give them what he had on him if they let him make a phone call to his wife.

As Nazarian was being “dressed out” for a 24-hour hold while charges were being processed by prosecutors, a large plastic bag that contained about 46 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine was found on him, Thompson said, an amount consistent with distribution rather than personal use.

On Nov. 20, Nazarian allegedly shot a man in the leg at a home on Locust Street, potentially motivated by the possibility the victim might testify as a witness in a Jan. 10, 2017, shooting incident against a man Nazarian is associated with.

Nazarian was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action related to the incident, arrested and released on $500,000 bail.

Nazarian’s other unresolved charges include one count of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Nazarian is scheduled for a counsel status hearing on Monday, according to court records.

Quill Staff Reporter

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