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Operation Dealer Sweeper nets 16 arrests

16 suspects were arrested in Operation Dealer Sweeper. (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office) 16 suspects were arrested in Operation Dealer Sweeper. (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)
Investigators load up before the roundup. (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office) Investigators load up before the roundup. (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)
Trumann and Lepanto police officers assisted in the roundup. (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office) Trumann and Lepanto police officers assisted in the roundup. (Source: Poinsett Co. Sheriff's Office)
POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Local law enforcement officers swept up 16 suspects this week in “Operation Dealer Sweeper.”

Hours of investigation ended Wednesday with the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office arresting 16 people on various drug charges.

According to Sheriff Kevin Molder, many of those arrested were picked up for selling methamphetamine. Others were also charged with possessing illegal drugs and paraphernalia. Two were charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Those arrested and the charges they face include:

  • Nikki Pierce, 29, of Trumann, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $25,000 dollar bond was set. 
  • Jennifer McCrory, 34, of Dyess, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree. $1,500 bond was set. 
  • Demetrius Buchanan, 35, of Lepanto, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree. $35,000 bond was set. 
  • Keri Crawford, 21, of Harrisburg, Felony Delivery of Schedule III Controlled Substance 2-10 grams (Suboxone Strips). O.R. Bond was set. 
  • Bevy Jean Kutait, 55, of Marked Tree, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $7,500 bond was set. 
  • Earle Bradley, 35, of Marked Tree, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $25,000 bond was set. 
  • Heather Smith, 23, of Trumann, Felony Possession with the Purpose to Delivery, Delivery or Manufacture of a Counterfeit Substance. Smith was charged with the following at the time of her arrest. Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, 2 Counts of Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. $45,000 bond was set. 
  • Charles Brownlee, 39, of Trumann, Felony Possession with the Purpose to Delivery, Delivery or Manufacture of a Counterfeit Substance. Brownlee was charged with the following at the time of her arrest. Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, 2 Counts of Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. $75,000 bond was set. 
  • Jerome Madden, 49, of Lepanto, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $7,500 bond was set. 
  • Nancy A. Scott (Goldman), 32, of Tyronza, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $50,000 bond was set. 
  • Brittany G. Wilbanks, 26, of Tyronza, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $7,500 bond was set. 
  • Rio S. Richardson, 24, of Pocahontas, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $15,000 bond was set. 
  • Kevin Mason, 42, of Trumann, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $35,000 bond was set. 
  • Heather Jane Biddle, 25, of Lepanto, 2 counts of Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $75,000 bond was set. 
  • Jimmy Martin, 29, of Marked Tree, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. At the time of arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Resisting Arrest. $75,000 bond was set. 
  • Corey M. Booker, 44, of Trumann, Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. $50,000 bond was set.

Officers with the Trumann and Lepanto Police Departments, as well as the Arkansas Community Corrections, assisted in the operation.

“This operation is a direct result of countless hours of hard work and dedication by our drug enforcement investigators,” Molder said.

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