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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Six month investigation leads to arrests

  • Numerous individuals were recently arrested and charged for drug trafficking after a six month long investigation conducted by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force.
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  • The task force is overseen by Prosecuting Attorney Henry H. Boyce, Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson, Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas and Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts. 
    Apprehended during the roundup were:
     
    1. David Glen Spears of Ravenden Springs.  Spears was charged with two counts of Delivery
    of a Controlled Substance; Synthetic “K-2” Marijuana, a Class D felony and one count of Near
    Certain Facilities.
    2. Christopher Charles Peoples of Pocahontas.  Peoples was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Hydrocodone, a Class C felony.
    3. Timothy Allen Dover of Pocahontas.  Dover was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Hydrocodone, a Class C felony.
    4. Karen Vanessa Velilla of Pocahontas.  Velilla was charged with Delivery of a Controlled
    Substance; Hydrocodone, a Class C felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance;
    Methamphetamine, a Class C felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class B felony;
    Possession of Marijuana a Class A misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a
    Class A misdemeanor.
    5. Steven Phillip Velilla of Pocahontas.  Velilla was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Methadone, a Class C felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class B felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, a Class C felony; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class D felony; Possession of Marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia a Class a misdemeanor.
    6. James Devon Rolland of Maynard.  Rolland was charged with Delivery of a Controlled
    Substance; Methamphetamine, a Class C felony; Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent 
    to Deliver more than 10 grams, a Class A felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance;
    Methamphetamine, a Class B felony; Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a Class
    Y felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class B felony and Possession of Marijuana, a
    Class A misdemeanor.
    7. Kenneth Paul Garrett of Pocahontas.  Garrett was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine more than 2 grams, a Class B felony with the enhancement of Near Certain Facilities.
    8. Theresa Marie Lewis Russell of Black Rock.  Lewis was charged with three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (Adderall), a Class B felony; Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Carisoprodol (Soma), a Class D felony with three counts enhanced by Near Certain Facilities.
    9. Shawn M. Green of Hoxie.  Green was charged with two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Hydrocodone, a Class C felony.
    Page 2 of 2 - 10. Ronnie Lee Moore, Jr. of Powhatan.  Moore was charged with two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Valium, a Class D felony with two enhancements of Near Certain Facilities.
    11. Karrie Ward of Powhatan.  Ward was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Morphine, a Class C felony.
    12. Jack Hampton of Black Rock.  Hampton was charged with three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Valium, a Class D felony.
    13. Paul Eugene Jackson of Black Rock.  Jackson was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Methamphetamine, a Class C felony.  
    14. Michael J. Foley of Paragould.  Foley was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance; Valium, a Class D felony.
     
    The Third Judicial District DTF was assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Pocahontas Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Walnut Ridge Police Department, Hoxie Police Department and Black Rock Police Department.  
     
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