Forty-five suspects were arrested Wednesday morning in a multi-agency effort to sweep drugs out of Faulkner County.
Sheriff Tim Ryals said there were 53 suspects total and that several agencies joined forces to track them down Wednesday.
"Today was the bust out day that we decided we’d go out and arrest all these folks," he told the Log Cabin Democrat.
Ryals said the sheriff’s office conducted two residential search warrants in Conway at 6 a.m. before tracking down other suspects.
Several agencies assisted in Wednesday’s bust including FCSO, the 20th Judicial Drug Task Force, Conway Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Arkansas Probation and Parole, Drug Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies. Collectively, 45 suspects were arrested and taken to the Faulkner County Detention Center.
Authorities seized "everything from marijuana to heroin," Ryals said.
Investigators with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office initiated the investigation in 2014 and from there the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force jumped on board to assist FCSO.
Ryals said FCSO and the 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force were the main agencies behind the two-and-a-half-year investigation, noting investigators conducted at least three controlled buys on each suspect.
"We have great detectives that work tirelessly," he said.
Ryals said Wednesday’s bust helps show Faulkner County residents the sheriff’s office is working to fulfill its obligation in the War On Drugs.
"We are out here utilizing our undercover detectives; they work day and night," he said.
Each of the 45 suspects was arrested on suspicion of delivering a controlled substance.
Arrestees included:Aubrey Evan Roberts III.Stephen Carl Hackenson.Justin Tarinelli.Jordan Brader.Nathan Daniel Sherman.Charlottee Curtis.Susan Mathis.Samantha Hewett.Rex Dalton Cole.Drew Fagan.William Adams.Crystal Dawn Gray.James Crenshaw Jr.Jeremy Lee Webb.Bryan James Wade.Bart Lamert.Derwin Erby.Cameron Jordan Patrick.Paula Gwyn Rios.Mary Ann Hillman.Clifton Earl Payne.Christy Lynn Creasy.Cordney Jackson.Emillo Peter Marcial.Leon D. James.Rico Deangelo Patton.Michael Ryan Parker.Larry Patrick.David Mitchell.Derek L. Hoggard.Eric D. Crenshaw.Kayla Underwood.Ruby Bradberry.James Robert Branscum.Kenneth Trammell Virgil.Lacey Michelle Reeves.Robert Neal Bo Belli.Wesley Junior Meeks.Travis Canady.Darnell Washington.Marcius Haywood.Melanie Lee.Tamara Fagan.Lloyd T. Stevenson.Thomas Weathers.