A law enforcement safety compliance check has resulted in 11 drug arrests, the arrest of two people for driving while intoxicated and 55 misdemeanor violations being issued, according to Chief Brad McNew of the Vilonia Police Department.
"The majority of them were coming into the area from out of Faulkner County," McNew said. "We normally pick up ... when we do something like this but not like this time. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off."
The checkpoints were set up in the Vilonia area Thursday evening beginning at about 5:30 and lasting until about 2 a.m., McNew said.
Arrests included Jeremy Treiner, 20, of Walnut Ridge, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance (heroin), with the intent to deliver. Treiner, McNew said, was a passenger in a vehicle. The female driver, who had a Phoenix, Ariz. address, was charged with possession of drugs.
Also arrested was Billy Cummings, 49, of Mayflower, on Frazier Gap Road. Cummings was charged with fleeing, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, felon in possession of firearms and felon in possession of a controlled substance and firearms simultaneously.
Information was not readily available at press time concerning the other arrests. The arrest warrants were turned over to the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
"It was a good night," said Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden. He termed the compliance checkpoint as a law enforcement effort that is performed randomly and sometimes ends up netting "people traveling at a time of the day when they think they are less likely to get caught."
"It was great cooperation between agencies," he added.
The checkpoint was a combined effort of the Vilonia Police Department, the 20th Judicial District Crime Drug Task Force and the Arkansas Highway Police.