Home visit results in arrest of MH duo for drugs

Photo: Jeremi Jason Witt

A home visit conducted by local authorities has resulted in the arrest of two Mountain Home residents on drug charges, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.

Officers from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), Mountain Home Police Department (MHPD) and the 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force conducted the visit on a Dixie Street residence last Wednesday after receiving information that one of the residents was using and selling methamphetamine.

Forty-year-old Jeremi Jason Witt and 41-year-old Michelle Zbranek, identified by authorities as Witt’s girlfriend, were arrested on a litany of drug charges after the search. Authorities found .5 grams of methamphetamine at the home, as well as marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, including digital scales, several syringes and glass smoking devices.



Photo: Michelle Zbranek

After further investigation, authorities obtained arrest warrants for both Witt and Zbranek, who were arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

Witt was booked on two felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the purpose to deliver. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), as well as an habitual offender penalty status.

Witt is on a no-bond hold for a probation violation.

Zbranek also faces two felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with the purpose to deliver, as well as the misdemeanor charge of possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana).

Zbranek is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff Montgomery says Witt and Zbranek will appear before the circuit court to answer the charges next month.

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