A kitchen fire in Ravenswood resulted in a drug arrest on Monday.
Marvin Craig Thaxton, 40, address unavailable, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver. His bond was set at $75,000, and he is in South Central Regional Jail.
Around 3:40 p.m. on Monday, April 22, Sgt. B. Thompson and Patrolman C.D. Bush received a 911 report about a possible structure fire at 802 Walnut St. When they arrived on the scene, they were met by a man who reported the kitchen was on fire. The man and the two officers entered the residence, where they encountered Thaxton, who reported he had put out the fire with an extinguisher, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
Police had previously received a tip that Thaxton was distributing methamphetamine, and the officer noticed Thaxton was becoming increasingly nervous, making furtive movements and attempting to distance himself from officers.
Thaxton then picked up a yellow bag and ran for the back door. Thompson and Bush gave chase and saw Thaxton place the yellow bag on a brick piller and run in the opposite direction.
The officers were able to chase down Thaxton and began patting him down for weapons. They located a pocket knife and a large amount of cash in his pockets.
Bush went to retrieve the gag and found it contained a loaded hypodermic needle. As Bush picked up the bag, Thaxton became extremely agitated and began walking away. Thompson attempted to place Thaxton in handcuffs, but Thaxton pulled away, causing the officer to take him to the ground.
during a search of the yellow bag, officers found a clear bag containing suspected methamphetamine, as well as a digital scale. The bag of suspected methamphetamine was found to weight 45.5 grams.