This was a disturbing little item. Here, it's various archaeological
artifacts, and I suppose it's just a short hop over to fossils. Has
anyone heard of that happening?
AUGUST 23, 2005 - Posted at 7:34 a.m. CDT
SEARCY, AR - The White County sheriff says the time-consuming and
methodical task of searching for arrowheads on farmland and in river
beds seems to appeal to methamphetamine addicts. Sheriff Pat Garrett
says that after more than 100 search warrants, he has come to expect
arrowheads, many thousands of years old, when he storms the homes of
suspected meth makers.
Tony Young of Velvet Ridge says the sheriff is on to something. Young
is in jail awaiting trial on a meth charge. He says looking for
arrowheads gives people wired on meth something to do. To pay for his
legal defense, Young sold his arrowhead collection to a local dealer.
Young says that many nights he found himself in fields full of fellow
arrowhead hunters and many of them were high on meth.
Arkansas State archeologist Ann Early says she's seen meth users
collecting arrowheads in the Ozarks. She says it is troubling that
they have taken to collecting Indian artifacts.