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Man arrested for large amount of meth at park

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A 39-year-old Arcadia man is accused of dealing methamphetamine and was arrested after a police officer saw him in Northwest Park while it was closed overnight in March.

The officer saw Chad Alvin Prichard at the park about 4:40 a.m. on March 13, but Prichard ran away when the officer approached, according to a criminal complaint.

Police apprehended Prichard in the 1400 block of Harriet Avenue, about three blocks away, the complaint said. Prichard had an active arrest warrant out of Greene County for violating his probation, which stems from his conviction of habitual driving while barred in 2018. 

During his arrest in March, police found a plastic bag containing a crystalline substance that later tested positive for meth, court records show. 

The bag had a net weight of about a half gram, but when Prichard was taken to the Carroll County jail, his clothing was searched and police found another bag of meth that weighed 17.54 grams.

State crime lab tests confirmed the substances were meth, and Prichard was charged last week with a felony drug crime that is punishable by up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted.

Prichard received a two-year suspended prison sentence and two years of probation for his driving while barred conviction in 2018, and later that year he was accused of violating his probation by continuing to use illegal substances, failing to maintain contact with his probation officer and failing to comply with a substance abuse evaluation or any treatment services, court documents show. 

A probation revocation hearing is set for June 2.

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