Four Arrested in Lawrence County Following Police Raid on Suspected Bootleggers

RAVENDEN, AR (KAIT) - Four Lawrence County men have been arrested following a police raid yesterday on a residence in Ravenden.

According to Ravenden Police Chief Timothy McComas, his officers were joined by members of the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Dept. in executing a search warrant at 900 Hwy. 90 in Ravenden.  McComas says a search of the residence revealed a "large amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a large amount of alcoholic beverages, and a large amount of cash."  Authorities arrested 58-year-old Francis "Stan" Ivy and 53-year-old Carl Bailey, both of Ravenden.  The two are charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, and sale or possession of alcoholic beverages without a license.  Another person at the premises, identified as 52-year-old Michael Skeens of Black Rock, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).

During the serving of the warrant, another person, identified as 42-year-old Kevin Byess of Ravenden Springs, drove onto the premises, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of an instrument of crime.

All four suspects were taken to the Lawrence County Jail in Walnut Ridge.

Chief McComas says the investigation is continuing, and more arrests are anticipated.