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Four Region 8 Men Arrested by DEA in Federal Drug Sweep

Forrester (courtesy of Cross Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Forrester (courtesy of Cross Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

SEPTEMBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 3:25 p.m. CDT, updated at 3:58 p.m. CDT, updated at 4:18 p.m. CDT

 

JONESBORO, AR - Four Region 8 men have been arrested by federal agents as part of an on-going investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking ring.

Bud Cummins, the U.S. Attorney for Arkansas' Eastern District, told K8 News by phone this afternoon that the arrests occured yesterday.  According to Cummins, those arrested include...

-Jack Jones, 37, of Jonesboro.

-Joe Don Schulte, 32, of Jonesboro.

-Willard "Leo" Spray, 46, of Trumann.

-David Forrester, Jr., 29 of Searcy.

Jones and Schulte were both arrested by officers with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, Jonesboro Police Department, 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force and agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Trumann Police Department assisted the DEA with Spray's arrest, and Forrester was arrested in Wynne by the DEA and Wynne police officers.

Cummins says all four men face charges of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney also says that six other northeast Arkansas men were previously arrested as part of the same investigation.  They include...

-John "Whitey" Soward, 35, of Jonesboro, charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

-Douglas Jones, 54, of Manila; conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

-William Watson, 49, of Trumann; conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

-Christopher Pitcher, 32, of Paragould; conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

-Christopher Ishmael, 33, of Jonesboro; conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

-Kelly Vest, 34, of Harrisburg; conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of meth.

K8 News will have further information about these arrests, and possibly others, as details become available.

 

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