The Little River County Sheriff’s office reports that more than 1,400 grams of meth with an estimated value of $140,000 was recovered in a recent operation in Ashdown, Arkansas involving multiple law enforcement agencies.
Three people are in custody accused of drug trafficking after local Law Enforcement discovered and seized over $140,000 worth of methamphetamines on Saturday, August 5.
Early Saturday morning, Officers with the Ashdown Police Department stopped a Kia Spectra traveling on a city street inside Ashdown. A search of the vehicle conducted by officers discovered over 240 grams of methamphetamines. The driver of the vehicle, Clarence Johnson, 27, of Pine Bluff, was taken into custody.
Officers with the Ashdown PD then contacted the Little River County Sheriff’s Office and the South-Central Drug Task Force. The investigation spread and officers secured a search warrant for the apartment that Johnson had stayed in the night before.
Later that day, the Ashdown Police Department, the Little River Co. Sheriff’s Office and the South-Central Drug Task Force executed the search warrant at the apartment and located an additional 145 grams of crystal methamphetamines and 1020 grams of liquid methamphetamines hidden in the structure. Jerry Delony, 40, of Ashdown, and Byann Blakeney, 38, of Big Sandy, Texas, were both taken into custody during the search.
The total amount of drugs seized in Ashdown was over 1400 grams. At a street value of $100 per gram, the cash value surpasses $140,000.
The trio remains in custody. All three will be facing the charge of Trafficking a Controlled Substance, a class Y Felony, carrying with it a possible prison sentence of 10-40 years or life.
The drugs were located thanks to a cooperative effort by the Ashdown Police Department, the Little River Co. Sheriff’s Office, and the South–Central Drug Task Force. The case is still considered open and under investigation, and further arrests may be made.