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Raids lead to arrests for alleged drug crimes

Police in Texarkana launched four separate raids into three residential homes and a business, according to law enforcement. Arkansas State Police worked with local county and town sheriff's departments, as well as the FBI, to crack down on drug activity. Four people were arrested and charged with drug crimes as a result of the operation. All four have been remanded to a county jail to await trial.

According to police records, multiple agencies were engaged in a year-long investigation into suspected distribution of methamphetamine in Hempstead County. Undercover agents are said to have purchased drugs over the course of several months from a 40-year-old restaurant manager with the help of a 23-year-old employee. Two other people, including a 53-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were also arrested in the operation.

Search warrants were issued on the afternoon of June 27, at which time police descended on three apartments and the aforementioned restaurant. All in all, they say they recovered some $16,000 in cash, as well as three cars, a motorcycle reported as stolen, 3.5 ounces of what is believed to be methamphetamine, and 1 pound of alleged marijuana. Apparently the arrests were conducted without incident.

Drug crimes of this magnitude carry heavy sentencing here in Arkansas, where local and state police work together on a regular basis to stem the tide of drugs through local communities. However, it is vital that the right people are charged and that innocent individuals are not inadvertently made to pay for the crimes of others. This is why each of the four individuals will be represented by separate criminal defense counsel who will work to build compelling defense against the charges filed.

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