In June of 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into an individual suspected of trafficking large amounts of Methamphetamine into Cleburne County. During the course of the investigation, Deana Winter Mathias, 48, from Tulare, California was developed as the main suspect, believed to be trafficking large amounts of Methamphetamine from California and into Cleburne County for distribution. Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on July 31, 2017 at Mathias’ residence in the McJester Road area near Wilburn.  During a search of the residence, Investigators located one firearm, and approximately 470 Grams (just over 1 pound) of Crystal Methamphetamine, with an approximate street value of $47,000.00. Investigators also located $2,889.00 cash, believed to have been acquired from the proceeds of Methamphetamine sales, and over Five ounces of Marijuana. Mathias is currently being held in the Cleburne County Jail on no bond.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

During the month of June, 2017, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office received information about two individuals selling large amounts of Crystal Methamphetamine throughout Cleburne County. After receiving the information an investigation was opened to identify the suspects and their illicit drug dealing. The investigation was concluded on Tuesday, July 25th 2017 when Investigators with the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, Heber Springs Police Department and the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force executed a Search Warrant at the suspects residence.  Upon execution of the warrant approximately 234 Grams of Crystal Methamphetamine carrying an approximate street value of $23,000.00 was recovered along with $2,440.00 cash. Two suspects were arrested were identified as Shannon Kay Mamagona, 30, of Heber Springs, and Jonathan  Allen Haward, 35, of Heber Springs.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On 7-26-2017, at approximately 1:00 pm, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a call of a possible drowning on the Little Red River at JFK Park. When deputies arrived at the scene, emergency service personnel were performing CPR on a white male, later identified as 18 year old Toby Tyler of West Memphis, Arkansas. Mr. Tyler was transported to Baptist Health in Heber Springs, and later transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Mr. Tyler was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:45 pm at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. A witness said that he had seen Mr. Tyler fishing from the bank of the river prior to being found in the water. This incident is under investigation.