Thirteen individuals were arrested Tuesday during a law enforcement saturation conducted by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force.
FCSO spokesman Adam Bledsoe said deputies focused on the southern section of the county.
Sheriff Tim Ryals said he plans to conduct saturations throughout the county in crime hot spots.
The Mobile Command Center was utilized during the saturation, giving deputies and dispatchers a centralized location to communicate.
Ryals said using the command center also allowed the sheriff’s office to inspect the command center and make sure everything was working properly should it be needed following a natural disaster such as a tornado.
During Tuesday’s saturation, Bledsoe said deputies sought out traffic and equipment violations.
“It’s our goal to make as much contact with people as we can legally via probable cause and that’s done through traffic violations and equipment violations,” he said.
The saturation gave deputies the opportunity to make contact with drivers and check for possible outstanding warrants.
“Sheriff Ryals uses saturations to flood an area with deputies and investigators in order to find subjects in possession of illegal items or those with warrants,” Bledsoe said.
Deputies also drove through neighborhoods to scope out possible burglars.
Bledsoe said the peak time for burglaries is while residents are at work.
“No one is around to see what’s happening, everyone’s at work,” he said.
The Log Cabin Democrat was given the opportunity to ride along with Bledsoe during the saturation Tuesday.
While driving through a Mayflower apartment complex, Bledsoe explained that deputies are constantly observing their surroundings, whether it’s road signs or watching people.
“I’m watching windows and if I see people, I’m looking at their hands because hands kill or at least things in people’s hands kill,” he said.
Bledsoe said the sheriff’s office and 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force collectively arrested 13 people during Tuesday’s saturation:
- Randy Jay Housman, 38, was arrested on theft by receiving, possession of a firearm by certain persons and obstructing government operations charges. He also had an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
- Kenneth Powell, 27, was arrested on fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by receiving charges.
- Crystal McKee, 30, was arrested on suspicion of forgery and theft by receiving.
- Penny Brownlee, 39, was arrested on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.
- Matthew Cunningham, 21, was arrested on a possession with purpose to deliver controlled substances charge.
- Mary Burns, 39, was arrested on a failure to register as a sex offender charge.
- William Rondeau, 51, was arrested for an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
- Josefina Credit, 43, was arrested on a delivering meth or cocaine charge. She also had an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
- Matthew Hartman, 34, was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.
- Tony Crites, 26, was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license. He also had outstanding warrants.
- Jesse Johnson, 31, was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.
- Ambrosia Hartwick, 32, was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.
- Burlie Wade Rodgers, 54, was arrested for an outstanding failure to appear warrant.