In response to citizen complaints, a recent investigation by BNPD’s Special Investigations Unit at 35 Azalea Circle in Benton led to evidence of methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana and other narcotics being distributed from the home.

As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was obtained and executed at the home on April 12, where Detectives seized over 2 ounces of methamphetamine, approximately .5 ounce of cocaine, over 1.5 pounds of marijuana, approximately .5 ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, multiple dosage units of assorted prescription pills, assorted drug paraphernalia and 14 firearms—including one that was confirmed to have been stolen from Garland County in 2017. Multiple packages containing varied amounts of unknown powders were also seized and sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification.

Jay Self, 37, of Benton, was taken into custody without incident at the residence and faces charges of Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Maintaining a Drug Premises within 1000 feet of a Drug Free Zone, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Cocaine with the Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Marijuana with the Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Theft by Receiving (stolen firearm), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All are felony charges. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming.

“BNPD thanks those who reported concerns of illegal activity at this residence, and we encourage others to do the same if they see anything out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods,” said BNPD Chief Scotty Hodges. “This kind of communication helps keep Benton a safe and inviting community.”

Anyone with information concerning criminal activities or individuals involved is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text, via the official Benton Police Department app available on iTunes and Google Play or at

Any suspects listed are presumed innocent unless/until proven guilty.