Local Authorities Cooperate in Drug Sweep

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Some of the items seized in recent busts.
courtesy photo

Over the last three weeks, the Piggott Police Department has arrested a total of 12 individuals for felony drug-related charges. They indicated those taken into custody included residents of both the Piggott and Kennett areas.

Piggott Police Chief Jeremi Wicker reports his officers have participated in probation searches, traffic stops, and even two high speed pursuits in order to get these dozen individuals behind the bars of the Clay County Detention Center.

"It's proactive policing," Chief Wicker states. "Our department will continue to be proactive to prevent further drug activity in the City limits of Piggott. Our officers are out actively pursuing these criminals so our city is safer."

The Piggott Police Department's arrests include the seizure of over 75 grams of methamphetamine, several firearms and large quantities of drug paraphernalia. Further, several of the individuals also had felony warrants for failure to appear or warrants from Arkansas Probation and Parole for absconding. According to a news release from the department, the individuals arrested include: Bailey Shaw, Daniel Hall, Donald Grider, Kim Trammell, Jessie Tilson, Felecia Dickens, Zane Bell, Melinda Dees, Keith Collier, Chelsea Frazee, Barrett Russell and Ashley Anderson.

Chief Wicker has recently joined the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force and dedicated one officer to assist this multi-juridical agency with fighting the ever-mobile drug trade. The Piggott Police Department is also in the process of forming a Street Crimes Unit to battle the local level drug activity in Piggott. Chief Wicker asks if anyone has any suspected drug activity they wish to report to contact the police department at 870-598-2295. He also noted all tips can remain anonymous.

Chief Wicker also reminded local residents that his department is actively enforcing traffic laws and urged everyone to slow down, observe stop signs and don't text and drive.

Pollard Arrests

According to a news release from the office of Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller.Over the course of the past few weeks, agents with the Second Judicial Drug Task Force-North and deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Department have worked with confidential informants to conduct controlled purchases of methamphetamine from a residence on CR 329 at Pollard. Based on those purchases, and other surveillance, a search warrant was obtained last week from a Circuit Judge.

On the morning of Thursday, May 2, agents with the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force-North, Clay County Division, along with deputies from the Clay County Sheriff's Department executed the search warrant at the residence.

Upon execution of the warrant, agents and deputies located one loaded .22 long rifle pistol, one loaded Cricket .22 caliber rifle, 20 pipes used to ingest or inhale methamphetamine, two sets of digital scales, numerous corner-cut zip lock baggies, several bags of methamphetamine totaling 80 grams and a baggie full of mixed pills. They were identified as Valium, Viagra and Xanax.

Taken into custody at the scene were Tammy Honeycutt, Darryl Honeycutt and Craig Calhoun. They were charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of firearms by certain persons, possession of methamphetamine between 10 and 200 grams with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance IV or V with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine.

A news release noted the Clay County Sheriff's Department is dedicated to continuing the efforts of fighting narcotic sales in Clay County. Recently, the Clay County Sheriff's Department partnered with the Piggott Police Department, Corning Police Department, Greene County Sheriff's Department and Paragould Police Department to form the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force-North. In turn, the Clay County Sheriff's Department has dedicated two deputies from the department to participate in the task force. Sheriff Miller notes if anyone has information concerning drug activity in the community they may call his office at 870 598-2270 and ask to speak with one of the Drug Task Force agents.

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