Woman claims her brother fed her ‘meth sandwich’
HOT SPRINGS — Two Arkansas siblings were arrested on drug charges during the weekend after the sister claimed her brother fed her a “meth sandwich.”
Elizabeth Catlett, 29, was pulled over on Sunday in Hot Springs, a city roughly 55 miles southwest of Little Rock, for driving without her headlights on. Her brother, 33-year-old Don Furr, was a passenger in the vehicle.
The police officer who pulled her over said he smelled marijuana in the car and observed Catlett “moving about the vehicle in a quick, nervous manner,” according to Little Rock news reports.
Catlett said the car didn’t contain any drugs. But when another officer arrived on scene and a body check of Catlett was conducted, police said they found small plastic bags and a cut straw in her front pocket — and alleged residue of methamphetamine.
The 29-year-old told police someone else placed the bags there.
Investigators asked her brother, Furr, if there was anything illegal in the car, to which he reportedly replied: “If there is anything in the car it would be in the console and it would be ice.”
The officers said they found 0.5 grams of meth in the vehicle, as well as alcohol swabs and medical supplies.
Catlett then allegedly told police that if she “pops hot” – likely a reference to testing positive for drugs – it was because Furr fed her a meth sandwich. She also allegedly told the cops that Furr did that often, and she thought he put meth in her drink earlier Sunday, too.
Furr reportedly confessed to doing meth with Catlett on Saturday.
The two were taken into custody on various drug charges. Catlett faces additional charges of DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Both are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 4.
Arkansas Attorney General files suit agains online e-cigarette retailers
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed a lawsuit against three online e-cigarette retailers for violating state laws.
Leslie Rutledge claims that these retailers violated the law when they sold and shipped nicotine products and devices, including e-cigarettes, to Arkansas children without age verification.
The following companies are in violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act; Utah-based BuyVapor.com, Arizona- based The Vape Co., and Minnesota-based Mystic Juice USA, LLC.
“These out-of-state retailers are illegally selling vaping products online that are dangerous to Arkansas children, and it’s time to take a strong stance to stop this practice in our state,” said Rutledge. “It is unacceptable for retailers to exploit our youth by selling vaping products to them illegally.”
While all three companies sold and shipped vape products to customers in Arkansas and failed to confirm the consumers’ ages, which are violations of state law, Mystic Juice also utilized eBay.com to avoid the legal-minimum-age-to-purchase requirements and used deception to bypass eBay’s own policy of not selling tobacco products on its platform.
Rutledge sent a letter to eBay earlier this week demanding the removal of all electronic nicotine devices and products from its website.
Early last week, Rutledge issued an Enforcement Advisory to 100 online e-cigarette retailers, warning them that it is illegal to sell or ship tobacco products, including e-liquids, to consumers in Arkansas.
Each violation is subject to a fine up to $10,000 per occurrence. To report online retailers in violation of ADTPA or learn more about the dangers of youth vaping, visit ArkansasAG.gov.