On November 5, 2021, Bradley Allen Rowland, 42, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of manufacture of methamphetamine, use of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine, and manufacture of phenylacetone for his role in an investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine in Clark County. The charges resulted from an investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Department following a chemical spill on the campus of Henderson State University on October 7, 2019. Rowland was sentenced to 120 days jail plus 72 months supervised probation on the offenses. Additional conditions of the plea include completion of 200 hours of community service, completion of substance abuse treatment, and counseling. The plea also included payment of restitution for the costs related to the incident including an initial payment to Henderson State University in the amount of $10,000 with an additional $25,000 to be paid within 30 days of the entry of judgment. The plea entered by Rowland was reviewed and approved by the administration of HSU with a specific intent on attempting to recover restitution and hold those involved accountable.
The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s office would like to thank Sheriff Jason Watson and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts in investigating this matter. Special thanks is also extended to the Director of the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, Kermit Channell and the dedicated service of the analysts from the Crime Lab, including Norman Kemper, Terra Lucas and Felisia Lackey, who made site visits to the campus of HSU following the chemical spill and worked countless hours analyzing evidence in relation to this case. Prosecutor Dan Turner added “Henderson State University is a part of the identity of our community and is such an important part of Clark County. I am sorry for the negative impact this entire matter has had on HSU, its Board of Trustees, administration, employees, and students. I am hopeful that bringing this episode to a conclusion will allow the University to move forward and wish it nothing but success in the future.”