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Arkansas man charged with drug crimes

A man is facing a litany of charges following a bizarre incident in Jonesboro, according to authorities. Arkansas police arrested the 27-year-old man after he was found allegedly trespassing on private property while brandishing a sword. The man faces drug crimes charges as well as several other charges associated with his alleged actions. So far, no court date has been announced. 

The arrest report states that, at around 6 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 5, police were called by a homeowner who said the accused man attempted to enter his residence while carrying a Japanese katana as well as a guitar and skateboard. Police found the man walking nearby after the homeowner apparently chased him off, where they seized his weapon and apprehended him. Police on the scene say the man was incoherent and behaving in a manner consistent with methamphetamine use. 

The man was apparently unable to answer straightforward questions, and when searched, police found a glass pipe with what they believe to be methamphetamine residue in it. Police also discovered that the man was already wanted for allegedly entering another home the night before and performing a sex act in front of the resident and her newborn. The man now faces charges including public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and carrying a weapon among others. 

The unique nature of this case demands an in-depth investigation by both the state and the man's defense counsel. The burden of proof is on the Arkansas prosecution to prove the man was indeed under the influence of drugs during these unusual circumstances, in order for him to be convicted of drug crimes. His defense counsel will conduct a thorough review of any evidence prosecutors wish to present to the court in an effort to build a strong case in his defense. 

Source: arkansasonline.com, "Man with sword faces charges in Jonesboro", Rachel Herzog, Dec. 11, 2017

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