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Arizona issues warrant for snowbound couple

March 25, 2006

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— Arizona authorities have brought drug charges against a couple who were rescued with four family members from their snowbound motor home this week in Oregon.

Warrants were issued in Snowflake, Ariz., for Elbert and Becky Higginbotham on Wednesday, a day after they were found in the mountains.

The couple were charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale - methamphetamine - and possession of drug paraphernalia. Elbert Higginbotham is also wanted on a charge of misconduct involving weapons.

The Ashland Daily Tidings newspaper said the warrants were issued after Arizona authorities saw TV coverage of the rescue.

In an interview in Friday's newspaper, Elbert Higginbotham acknowledged he had been arrested on drug charges in Arizona, where the couple live, but said the drugs were not his.

The family had set out from Ashland in the motor home on March 4. They were found stranded on a back road on Tuesday.

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