Dr. Cynthia Almond, a Roland physician, was arrested Thursday, July 7, and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine after Fort Smith police received a tip regarding a meth lab.
According to the arrest warrant Almond had treated a patient for anxiety and pain medication on June 10 and asked him if he "still had the skills necessary to make methamphetamine."
Almond allegedly offered the patient $400 to cook meth and stated that she would provide the location for the cooking to be done. The patient and Almond then purchased the items to make the meth on June 15 and proceeded to an unoccupied house on the 3200 block of South 42nd Street where the meth was then cooked. According to the arrest warrant the patient cooked the meth inside while his wife and children remained outside.
The warrant stated that Almond left a voicemail on the patient's phone the next day regarding making more meth and the police have the recording. The police also received a tip regarding a meth lab on June 17. When police approached the house, Almond, the patient, and his wife drove off and went to a restaurant where the patient was arrested after police discovered various items of drug paraphernalia on him.
Almond was taken into custody on July 7, after a warrant was issued for her arrest, and released on July 8 on a $20,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on July 13.
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