19 arrested in Arkansas Co. drug bust

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Updated: 7/12/2012 7:49 am
STUTTGART, AR - Wednesday, the Arkansas County Sheriff announced 19 arrests in a major drug bust.

Sheriff Allen Cheek is not revealing much about the two month long investigation though. Cheek won't tell FOX16 who got arrested Wednesday morning or what charges they face, because he says this investigation is far from over.

"We're not releasing any information on who we arrested because this is just the first phase of this operation," says Arkansas County Sheriff Allen Cheek.

Cheek did reveal that 19 people, mostly from northern Arkansas County, face drug charges. He says officers found K2, cocaine, marijuana, meth, hydrocodone, and prescription drugs during their two month investigation.

In the past, the Arkansas County Sheriff's Department has brought people they've arrested in drug busts to the Stuttgart Police Department, but they didn't want to do that this time because they didn't want to bring attention to the operation.

Instead, Wednesday morning, the Sheriff tells FOX16 members of ten law enforcement agencies, working out of a secret building called "Area 53," brought suspects in for questioning.

"Them guys, I think in a way they enjoyed it, but after today, man, they was beat. They was beat. They were ready to go home and be with their families," says Cheek.

But, Sheriff Cheek says his fight against drugs continues.

"That's the one thing that really makes me sick, you know, out here, you know is the drug use is bad because it's in every family, you know, there's some of that use," he says.

The Sheriff tells FOX16 that he expects potentially dozens of additional arrests as the drug bust continues.
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ArkansasYankee - 7/13/2012 6:37 AM
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Area 53? What happened to 52?

ArkansasYankee - 7/13/2012 12:11 AM
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Kudos to the Arkansas County Sheriff; however, kind of makes one wonder why no names. Could it be possible that some are connected; daddy is an elected official? Mommy owns a big business in the area? Gotta weed out the ones we don't want going to jail first, then charge the rest? One of those things that makes you scratch your head and wonder.

Lizabeth - 7/12/2012 8:57 AM
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Good for Mr. Cheek and the other good officers. It takes some really dedicated people that are SICK of the drug dealers and runners that are helping ruin this country and want to stop them no matter what it takes. That is the kind of people we need as elected officials of this world. Every body in this world has been affected by a relative or loved one doing time in prison or jail or in rehab. It is time for people that are not useing the drugs to help put a Stop to the ones that are allowing it to be done and give info to those that can put a stop to it. Almost everyone knows those or have heard of their name or know their family and could stop them from hurting others or their children or grandchildren and the info would never be exposed as to who give it unless you told it yourself. Anyone should know not to tell what they have told because of thenature of the dope users or dealers or runners and on down the chain of criminals they are. I don't live very far from Stuttgart but I have known things for 35 yrs. on that area and it just keeps getting worst just like all of the small areas of Ar. and the larger areas. Hopefully before I leave this world, the laws will get stiffer and enforced everywhere on these people and other crimes that should be allowed to get a fine and be on parole in 6 months or less or get 10 yrs. and be out in 1 1/2 yrs. and back in prison or rehab and back in again in another yr. That is all crazy but that is the way it is done most of the time. A person doesn't even need an attorney to get those results. I hope all the best for the great law enforcers of Ar. and others in other states.

Jumal smith - 7/12/2012 7:58 AM
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I know a guy from there doing life on installments. Drugs. Some never quit. Just like the old drunk down the street. Gets straight for awhile. them goes straight back.

Tired - 7/12/2012 6:30 AM
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well they should heve went out and got a job...oh wait there are no jobs...wonder why
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