'Neighbor' arrests motorcycle shop owner on drug charges

Publish Date: 
Oct 11, 2012

BAXTER, Ark. – The owner of a powersports shop is facing drug charges following his arrest by the business’ next-door neighbor, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Patrick Odea, 51, was arrested at Central Cycle on charges of delivery of methamphetamine and furnishing prohibited articles into the detention center after allegedly selling meth to a prisoner.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery told the Baxter Bulletin his department received intelligence Odea was making contact with a prisoner several weeks ago and had been investigating since.

The proximity of Odea’s business to the jail and the freedom of movement low-security prisoners have led to opportunities for Odea and inmates to make deals, authorities said.

Montgomery said Odea allegedly received marijuana from the inmate in exchange for meth from Odea. After meth was discovered in the inmate’s cell, he agreed to participate in a sting that led to a search warrant at Central Cycle.

Authorities found less than 4 ounces of suspected marijuana, and a pipe used to smoke marijuana, according to Montgomery, who added officers found no meth.

Posted  by Holly Wagner