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Task force makes major arrests

By submitted, 09/24/18 9:29 AM

HOPE/PRESCOTT – The 8th North Task Force comprised of Deputies from Hempstead and Nevada Counties and Police officers from Hope and Prescott Police Departments participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Operation Task Arkansas.

The statewide operation resulted in 1,260 arrests, the seizure of more than 200 guns and various amounts of Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and other illicit drugs. In total authorities seized more than 80 pounds of methamphetamines, nearly 1,300 pounds of marijuana, more than 100 pounds of cocaine, about two pounds of heroin and 228,913 prescription pills.

In addition, authorities obtained 211 guns and 357,399 and 32 vehicles.

Locally the Eighth North Task force made more than 40 arrests in Hempstead and Nevada Counties and seized $8,605 in cash, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Cocaine, Pills and other Drug related Paraphernalia and two handguns.

8th North Agents have been working since the end of June buying and seizing drugs. Arrests have been ongoing over the past couple of months with the final arrests starting from September 17-20.

The below listed individuals were arrested during the operation.

Hope/Hempstead County – Takires McClure, Kacey Bunnell, Raymond Rosenbaum, Kimberly Sutton, Donald Barnes, Jonathan Miller, Jonathan Viers, David Hudman, Reid Hill, Christopher Williams, Chris Williams, Aglahe Lopez, John Greene, Dora Odell, Edward Barzar, John Nelson, Leon Nelson Sr. Leon Nelson Jr., Antione Easter, Caesar Contreras, Clifton Henry, Micheal Daniels.

Prescott/ Nevada County- Summer France, Leiva Rivera Kendri, Leyna Rodriguez, Lawrence Purtle, Gary Williams, Tam Ho, Gary Davis, Jamael Loudermill, Steven Taylor, Betty Smith, Terry Spell, Brandon Norris, Jeremy Witherspoon, Larry Burns, Kyron Johnson, Phoebe Parks, Justin Brown, Chris Johnson, Arial Miller.