Drug Task Force Arrests Man For Marijuana Grow Operation


Fayetteville Police Chief and Chairman of the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force Greg Tabor announced today the arrest of a local man for possessing and manufacturing marijuana.

Within the past week, detectives of the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force received information about marijuana distribution through the U.S. Mail.  Detectives worked with U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Little Rock office to make a controlled delivery of 2.2 pounds of marijuana to an address on Stone Street on Monday, March 2, 2009.  Detectives observed a man, later identified as Michael Lanphere, retrieve the packaged marijuana and take it to his residence at 1215 South Ellis in Fayetteville. 

Detectives obtained a search warrant and executed it at Lanphere’s residence on Monday, March 2, 2009.  During the search, detectives found an elaborate marijuana growing operation in a building in the back yard of Lanphere’s home.  Detectives seized approximately 9.17 pounds of marijuana, ninety-four marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia commonly used in cultivating marijuana, and $1,479.00 in U.S. Currency. 

 Michael Lanphere, white male, age 39, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Marijuana), and Manufacturing Marijuana.

This was a joint investigation between the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force and the U. S. Postal Inspection Service in Little Rock.  The Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force is comprised of Fayetteville, Springdale, Prairie Grove, Lincoln, Farmington, West Fork, Greenland, Johnson, Elm Springs, Elkins Police Departments, the City of Goshen, and the Washington and Madison County Sheriff’s Offices.