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Parolee Arrested for Fentanyl, Meth and Firearm After 911 Call


Michael Scudder Booking Photo

Michael George Scudder

November 15, 2019

At approximately 7:45 am this date, Baxter County Deputies responded to a 911 call of a man slumped over the steering wheel with the motor running at the AM&N Store, Highway 201 North in Baxter County.

When Deputies arrived, they located the suspect and was able to secure him and the vehicle. The suspect, who is on parole, was searched and a small plastic baggie containing approximately .48 grams of a brown powder substance that field tested positive for Fentanyl. Subsequent search of the vehicle revealed several syringes, a smoking device, a small amount of marijuana and an American Tactical AR 15 style Rifle equipped with a bump stock. This gun was in a partially zipped case in loaded condition with the safety off and within reach of the defendant.

During a post Miranda interview, the suspect, Michael George Scudder, admitted to purchasing the firearm for ½ gram of methamphetamine. He also advised he knew the firearm was stolen at the time. The defendant has been convicted of multiple felonies including previous convictions of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

Michael George Scudder, age 45 of Mountain Home has been charged with:

Possession of Meth and Fentanyl, Class C Felony
Felon in Possession of a Firearm, (Previous Conviction), Class B Felony
Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Class Y Felony
Theft by Receiving (Firearm), Class D Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class D Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor
Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor
Habitual Offender
Parole Violation

Scudder is currently being held in the Baxter County Detention Center on Bond of $25,000 pending his appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court on November 21, at 1 pm, and a No Bond Hold for his parole violation.

Sheriff John Montgomery