Matthew Scott Lytle(Photo: BCSO)
The Twin Lakes Area sees many methamphetamine-related arrests and has for more than a decade. Prescription drug-related arrests and attendant abuse are on the rise, particularly opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone.
In other parts of the country, heroin has seen a resurgence in abuse as prescription opioids cost more than the once popular heroin. States such as Ohio and West Virginia are seeing spiraling overdose death rates due to heroin’s comeback.
Local law enforcement officials in the Twin Lakes Area tell anecdotal stories of heroin being found here. Some even tell of overdose deaths that were likely the result of opioids, including heroin.
With the arrest on Nov. 3 of Matthew Scott Lyle, the Twin Lakes Area has now seen its first significant heroin arrest.
On that date, Cpl. Mark Morton of the Arkansas State Police pulled Lyle over for traffic offenses, according to an affidavit written by investigator George Edings of the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office.
A search Lytle’s car revealed 24 syringes loaded with a substance that field tested positive for heroin. Also found in the car was a Centrum vitamin bottle containing a cloudy liquid that also tested positive for heroin.
In total, Lytle allegedly had almost three ounces of heroin.
The trooper also reportedly found marijuana and a glass smoking pipe that contained suspected methamphetamine residue, three cell phones and small zip lock bags.
Heroin users are often found with meth or other stimulants as heroin is a depressant and users look to “balance” their high.
As of Monday morning, Lytle was being held in the baxter County jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond