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Marked Money Helps Task Force Arrest Accused Drug Dealer

The local drug task force busted an accused drug dealer in Fayetteville using a confidential informant and traceable government money.
The local drug task force busted an accused drug dealer in Fayetteville using a confidential informant and traceable government money.

Police arrested 33-year-old Brian Bristow, of Fayetteville, Monday night after the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force spent months making controlled drug purchases from him with the help of a confidential informant.

According to an arrest report, the informant identified Bristow by way of a photograph as the person who sold him just less than two ounces of marijuana during two controlled buy operations.

The informant made the purchases using "covert buy funds" provided by the Drug Task Force while wearing a wireless recording device.

In early January, police obtained a search warrant for Bristow's apartment on E. Zion and found a little less than a pound of marijuana packaged in four separate bags, one Xanax, seven Diazepam, two digital scales, a pill grinder and more than $1,600 in cash.

With the cash, they found 15 of the Drug Task Force's 20 dollar bills that were used as covert buy funds. The money was returned to the DTF and the remaining $1,356 was confiscated as evidence.

Police say they received an anonymous 911 call Thursday night from a person saying Bristow was staying at his mother's house on Center St. in Springdale. Officers went to the house and placed Bristow under arrest without incident.

He was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, separate charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver for the marijuana and pills as well as an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, all felony charges.

Bristow was taken to Washington County Jail where he remains with no bond set.
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