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21 indicted in federal meth investigation

The Department of Justice announced Thursday the indictment of 21 people related to the distribution of methamphetamine in central Arkansas.
Bryan Embry, 49, indicted on drug charges
Bryan Embry, 49, indicted on drug charges
Jeramy Putt, 42, indicted on drug charges
Jeramy Putt, 42, indicted on drug charges
Scottie Sisney, 40, indicted on drug charges
Scottie Sisney, 40, indicted on drug charges
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Department of Justice announced Thursday the indictment of 21 people related to the distribution of methamphetamine in central Arkansas.

The DOJ says the leader of the drug trafficking organization is Tarik Bouhamidi of Austin, AR. Investigators say Bouhamidi would fly from Little Rock to Dallas to purchase meth from a man named Johnny Ybarra. Bouhamidi would then arrange for the meth to be taken back to Arkansas.

“In the course of the investigation, 3 wiretaps were used to dismantle this organization,“ said U.S. Attorney of Eastern Arkansas Chris Thyer.

18 of those indicted have been arrested. Still at large are: Jeramy Putt, 42 of Benton, Bryan Embry, 49 of Atkins, and Scottie Sisney, 40, also of Atkins.

During the arrests, authorities seized more than $66,000 in cash, 2.5 pounds of meth, 9 vehicles (including two tractor-trailer rigs), 2 firearms, and other assets totaling $10,000 in value, according to the DOJ.

The alleged meth ring has been responsible for distributing more than 500 grams (~1.1 pounds) of meth in Arkansas from July 2011 to November 9th, 2012. The investigation involved personnel from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, North Little Rock Police, Benton Police, Arkansas State Police, and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

"We feel good about disbanding this organization and making this place a better place to live," said Assistant Special Agent Bill Bryant.

One of the suspects is Harold "Doc" Holladay, which prosecutors say is not Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay.

"It's a terrible coincidence. But the fact is (Harold) is in jail where he needs to be," said Sheriff Holladay.

Prosecutors say they plan to go trial early next year. 




Defendants and Charges

Count 1 - Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute (PWID) 500 grams or more of
methamphetamine mixture


Tarik Shawn Bouhamidi, a/k/a Bo, age 46, of Austin, AR
Gary Wayne Alvey, age 53, of Morrilton, AR
Amy Beth Dodd, age 31, of Little Rock, AR
Randy Eakle, unknown
Bryan Louis Embry, age 49, Atkins, AR
Fred W. Lauderdale, age 46 Maumelle, AR
Steven Lynn Goodman, age 45, Beebe, AR
Harold David Holladay, a/k/a Doc, age 47, Little Rock, AR (Eds. Note: This is not the Pulaski County Sheriff)
Terry Wayne Leggitt, age 43, Houston, AR
Sonia Kay Potter, age 47, Jacksonville, AR
Jeremy Gradden Putt, age 42, Benton, AR
Joseph Paul Setvin, Jr., age 44, Jacksonville, AR
Scottie Edwin Sisney, age 40, Atkins, AR
Kaylea Lynn Sontag, age 32, England, AR
Lesia Carol Southerland, age 47, Lonoke, AR
Rodney Lynn Spradlin, age 36, England, AR
Stacye Rochelle Strickland, age 42, Little Rock, AR
Tammy Kasandra Lauderdale, age 46, Maumelle, AR
Christopher Eric Vires, age 33, Lonoke, AR
Larry Joe Williams, age 62, Morrilton, AR
Johnny Ybarra, age 23, Dallas, TX

Count 2 - PWID more than 50 but less than 500 grams of methamphetamine mixture
Christopher Eric Vires, age 33, Lonoke, AR
Lesia Carol Southerland, age 47, Lonoke, AR

Count 3 - Felon in possession of a firearm
Christopher Eric Vires, age 33, Lonoke, AR

Count 4 - PWID more than 5 but less than 50 grams of methamphetamine mixture
Harold David Holladay, a/k/a Doc, age 47, Little Rock, AR

Count 5 - PWID more than 50 but less than 500 grams of methamphetamine mixture
Bryan Louis Embry, age 49, Atkins, AR

Count 6 - PWID more than 500 grams of methamphetamine mixture
Joseph Paul Setvin, Jr., age 44, Jacksonville, AR
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