Visitors the post office in Heber Springs were in for a surprise Thursday as Cleburne County narcotics investigators the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Department of Homeland Security swarmed into the parking lot to arrest Richard Qualls, 55, of Heber Springs. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Qualls had been under investigation for allegedly ordering methamphetamine and having it shipped into the country from the Philippines. Agents arrested Qualls after he picked up the alleged order from the post office.
After Qualls’ arrest, a search warrant was issued for his home in Wilburn where authorities uncovered more suspected controlled substances, drug paraphernalia items, and several firearms.
Qualls was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (methamphetamine), felony possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $100,000.
In other police news, a Heber officer reported witnessing a truck on Broadway and Main “accelerate rapidly causing his tires to break loose and squall” on Friday. The officer followed the truck and, after pulling the driver over, ran a check on both the passenger and the driver. The officer learned the passenger, a 23 year old Heber man, had warrants and asked him to get out of the car. As he was exiting the car, a syringe fell out of the door. The man reportedly claimed the syringe as his own and he was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia along with the existing warrants.