Janet Barber

Special to the Grove Sun

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS – A West Siloam Springs couple has been arrested and face drug charges after officers discovered more than 25 bags of marijuana in their home.

James Randall Welch, 42, and Sheila Renee Heustis, 31, were arrested Nov. 5 after drug task force officers searched their home on November 5 and discovered 25 bags of marijuana weighing approximately six pounds total weight along with drug paraphernalia used to smoke the drug.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Delaware County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel, he and Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Lanning went to the residence at 508 Serenity Drive along with members of the West Siloam Springs Police Department, led by Police Chief Larry Barnett, also attached to the Delaware County Drug Task Force, to serve a search warrant after receiving information that marijuana was being sold from the home.

When officers knocked on the door of the residence, Welch grabbed several bags of marijuana and tried to flee out the back door, but was met by officers at the back of the residence. He was brought inside where he admitted to selling marijuana from the home on numerous occasions, according to the affidavit.

“We have a zero tolerance to drugs in West Siloam Springs,” said Police Chief Larry Barnett.

A background check on Welch showed he has a prior conviction from Arkansas for possession with the intent to distribute.

Welch could face charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute and maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept or sold. He has been released on a $20,000 bond.

Heustis could face charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. She has been released on a $10,000 bond.