Multi-agency drug bust leads to several arrests

Multi-agency drug bust leads to several arrests

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several law enforcement agencies took part in a multi-county drug bust.

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said in a news release Thursday the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Office, Paragould Police Department, Arkansas Community Corrections, and Arkansas State Police executed 23 arrest warrants on Dec. 13 in Jonesboro, Paragould, and Marked Tree.

The investigation led to the warrants being issued for the distribution of methamphetamine and opiates in Craighead, Greene, and Poinsett counties.

As a result of the investigation, investigators seized approximately one pound of methamphetamine, 400 hydrocodone pills, and several items of drug paraphernalia such as baggies, scales, and pipes.

Ellington said the success of the bust is a result of the commitments of Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott, Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd, and Paragould Police Chief Todd Stovell, along with members of the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force and officers involved in the investigation.

Those arrested in the investigation include:

  • Larry Bean
  • Donnie Dority
  • Jeremie Farris
  • Teresa Fields
  • Ginger Goodman
  • Joshua Hamilton
  • Willis Hooks
  • Kyle Ivy
  • Larry Knowlton
  • Melissa Lambdin
  • Anthony McMiller
  • Christina Metcalf
  • Holly Parker
  • Kelly Payton
  • Dawn Irvin Quinn
  • Tanya Ramirez
  • Daniel Russell
  • Reginald Stapleton
  • Lacey Taber
  • Brooke Taylor
  • William Tusing
  • Jonnie Williams
  • James Williams

Ellington said the investigation is still ongoing and law enforcement officials expect more arrests.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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