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Deputies Put Dent in Drug Ring Closing Meth Operation

A second major drug ring is shut down in Hot Spring County. The Sheriff's Office there is warning others they aren't done.
Hot Spring County, AR - A second major drug ring is shut down in Hot Spring County. The Sheriff's Office there is warning others they aren't done.

"We leave no stone unturned," said Chief Deputy Kim Hall. "Large amount of drugs and paraphernalia in the residence."

This particular stone revealed the second drug operation in 2 weeks to be shut down by the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation though, is far from over.

Continued searches Friday (4/5) revealed handfuls of evidence that deputies will use against the people now in jail.

"This was a large operation."

The smell of methamphetamine production still lingered in the evening air from around the trailer on Rhinehart Road.

The Sheriff's Office claims this kind of drug bust can significantly reduce damaging effects to the county.

Chief Hall explained, "Anything from selling narcotics to theft, child endangerment."

They hope this will point to more leads as they continue cracking down on drugs in Hot Spring County.

Two people, Amanda and Zachary Hughes were arrested and now face quite a few felony charges including possession and manufacturing of narcotics, weapon charges and child endangerment. Deputies are looking for an additional suspect, Doug Hughes, but they don't believe him to be dangerous.

In addition to the two people who now sit in jail facing at least 8 potential felony charges, 2 children had to be placed in the custody of DHS.

"If we don't shut it down and pull them out of that situation we will have children growing in to adults that are still part of this problem."

So they say let the sign they placed in the front yard saying "Drug House Closed Down" serve as a warning.

"We need to shut down everything we can."
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