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HCSO: Meth lab discovered near barn, 2 arrested

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Barry Richardson, 58 (Source: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office) Barry Richardson, 58 (Source: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)
Ursula Schlemmer, 46 (Source: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office) Ursula Schlemmer, 46 (Source: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)
HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, AR (KSLA) -

Two people are behind bars for allegedly cooking meth in the back of a truck in Hempstead County, Arkansas.

Deputies say just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, they were called out to Highway 29 North near Hempstead 251 where a Ford F-150 truck was stuck in a pasture. Deputies say the truck was abandoned on the property which belongs to Thomas Burke. The deputy also noticed women's clothing in the truck.

A neighbor who called deputies says a man knocked on his door asking for help to get his truck out of the pasture. The neighbor told deputies when he left to get the man help and returned, the man was gone.

Deputies searched a nearby barn and found three more bags of women's clothing along with a 32 oz. plastic bottle that was identified as an active meth lab. The meth lab and the truck were taken by authorities. Deputies learned 58-year-old Barry Richardson had been in possession of the truck. They also discovered that Richardson had several drug charges out of Texas involving meth.

When deputies returned to the area Wednesday morning, they say a man and a woman walking out of a wooded area. They determined the man was Richardson and took both of them into custody. Deputies say they found a 9mm handgun on Richardson.  The woman was identified as 46-year-old Ursula Schlemmer.

Both were taken to the Hempstead County Detention Center and charged with making meth, drug possession and felony possession of a gun. The two also face burglary and theft charges. Deputies say the duo may have been involved in other thefts in Hempstead County.

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