Roland man charged with stealing wife’s marijuana


Monday, April 25, 2022 - A felony arrest warrant was issued April 20 for a Roland man accused of larceny, burglary or theft of a controlled dangerous substance.


Russell E. Heiner, 68, could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he is convicted. He was also charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.


Heiner was released on $7,500 bond and is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. on May 4.


According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, on April 2, a Roland police officer was dispatched to a Roland residence to take a report of stolen property.


At the scene, Loyce Wilson told the officer her husband, Heiner, had taken the safe that she keeps under her bed to store her medical marijuana.


Wilson reported that five bottles of marijuana, three plastic containers of pre-rolls and two marijuana vape pens with cartridges.


The officer took Wilson’s statement and left the scene.


Nearly two hours later, the officer was dispatched to the same location after Heiner returned home.


Heiner admitted to taking the safe, telling law enforcement that he took it to the Crawford County Speedway just north of Van Buren, Ark., and threw it off Wilson Rock Bridge.


The officer left after the couple agreed to keep the house peaceful for the night.



Andrea Adams, Staff Writer


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