HOPE, Ark. (News Release)- Four people are arrested after raids on one business and three apartments in Hope.
On Wednesday, June 27 at around 4 p.m., Officers from the 8th North Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Hope, Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott Police and FBI Agents armed with search and arrest warrants conducted four simultaneous raids.
The warrants were a culmination of a year-long investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine and other illegal substances in Hempstead County.
Undercover agents over the past several months purchased methamphetamine at the KFC Restaurant from Edward Barzar one of five managers at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located at the Bypass and Hazel in Hope, Arkansas.
Barzar was taken into custody at the restaurant without incident by Hope Police Officers. The restaurant was temporally closed while agents executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics.
One other employee, Tierra Green, 23, of Hope was arrested for obstructing governmental operations and possession of Marijuana.
The search resulted in no illegal drugs being found inside the KFC, although a K-9 alerted on a vehicle in the parking lot resulting in Green being charged with possession of Marijuana.
The Restaurant was closed approximately two and a half hours, the restaurant was released to the District Manager of KFC.
At the same time, other agents executed two search warrants at the Imperial Apartments on South Main Street, and one at an apartment in the San-Fernando Apartment Complex located off the Old Lewisville Highway.
Agents confiscated over 100 grams of Methamphetamine, over a pound of Marijuana, over $16,000 in cash and several vehicles. While at the Imperial Apartments officers obtained a search warrant for another apartment which resulted in the recovery of a stolen motorcycle.
Dale Wayne Sullivan,53 of Hope, and Deidra Johnson, 24, of Hope, were also arrested.
All four were transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where they are awaiting a first court appearance.