Rusk County Sheriff's deputies were tipped off Thursday by parents of students at Carlisle schools, that 7th and 8th graders had drugs on them. Deputies report going to the campus, finding two students, a 14 year old girl and a 15 year old boy, in possession of methamphetamine.
After questioning the children, investigators went to a remote trailer home in western Rusk County, where they say they found a large working meth lab and made a surprising arrest.
53 year old Russell Dean Arnold, a former Rusk County Deputy Sheriff, and his 47 year old wife, Brenda, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of chemicals for the production of meth.
Those who had worked with Russell Arnold at the department were surprised by the arrest. Arnold and his wife remain in the Rusk County jail, held on $40,000 bond each.
Bob Hallmark, reporting.