MartinFerrellOn 5/27/15, at approximately 5:30 PM, officers with the Benton Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Hwy 5 North on report an individual finding possible drug paraphernalia.
Upon officers arrival, they made contact with the caller who stated an employee of his, identified as Martin Ferrell (44 YOA), had been using Methamphetamine and he found drug paraphernalia related to it.  Officers then spoke with Ferrell about the issue and he showed them two syringes he had in his hand before suddenly running towards a nearby bathroom.  
Access was gained to the bathroom, where Ferrell was observed flushing the contents of a syringe down the toilet. Ferrell was then taken into custody and two other syringes were located on the floor.  Additional syringes were located in Ferrell’s belongings and one of them was ‘loaded’ with suspected Methamphetamine and the other had suspected residue.  
Ferrell was transported to the Saline County Detention Facility for processing without further incident.  He was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  This is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.  
Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS.  Individuals also may send us an anonymous crime tip about this incident to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com to leave a tip.  A crime tip can also be submitted via the official Benton Police Department app found on ITunes and Google Play. 
Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.