GAMALIEL, Ark. — The owners of a north Arkansas resort and two residents of the resort have been arrested following a drug investigation and raid by state and local law enforcement authorities.
The owners of Bayou Resort at Gamaliel, Steven Burroughs, 48, and Tonya Burroughs, 34, and resort residents Kevin Walde, 22, and Tammy Walde, 49, were arrested Friday, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
All four face conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine charges. The Burroughs face additional charges of possession of methamphetamine, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, exposing a child to methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture of a controlled substance near a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park.
Montgomery says the investigation began after a Jan. 18 fire at a resort cabin. The sheriff said evidence taken from the cabin and sent to the state Crime Lab showed the fire began during the “cooking” of methamphetamine.
Officers who searched the resort seized approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia that included syringes and scales, the sheriff said. Officers also found and seized 18 loaded firearms, including an assault rifle and a .50 caliber semi-automatic rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Officers also found visual surveillance equipment on the property, with several cameras and night vision equipment, Montgomery said.
The resort on its website is described as “a family resort on Lake Norfork” with 1-room cabins and 2-bedroom cottages.