Six people in Conway were among eight arrested Tuesday as a result of a federal investigation into a locally based prescription narcotics drug ring.
According to the Eastern District US Attorney’s Office, seven of the eight arrested are prescription narcotics drug dealers who have distributed Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, and Hydromorphone in Central Arkansas.
The indictment alleges Conway residents Brian Fletcher, 28; Jeremy Burton, 28; Heather Gooden Story, 27; Stephanie Hagie, 28; and Michael Young, 27, conspired to distribute the prescription narcotics in Faulkner, Pulaski, White and Van Buren counties.
Also arrested Tuesday on a federal complaint was Burnett Smith, 45, of Conway.
Other arrestees and alleged conspirators of the drug ring are Jason Hobby, 31, of North Little Rock; and Franki Drennan, 49, of Little Rock.
Officials said the investigation began in 2011 with the Drug Enforcement Administration in cooperation with the Conway Police Department Narcotics Unit.
Assisting in coordinating Tuesday’s arrests were DEA agents, Conway Police Department, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshal Service, 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, University of Central Arkansas Police Department, and the Arkansas National Guard Counter Drug Unit.
Personnel from those agencies also assisted with the investigation, according to the US Attorney’s Office.
The investigation has also resulted in the seizure of four firearms, ammunition, money, pharmaceutical narcotics, and drug paraphernalia such as scales, packaging, pill cutters and syringes.
An affidavit filed in the complaint against Burnett Smith names Jeremy Burton as the initial subject of the investigation.
According to the affidavit, Smith is named by an informant as Burton’s primary source for prescription narcotics.
The informant stated he or she has been purchasing the narcotics from Burton for at least three years.
A search warrant was executed Tuesday on Smith’s residence, which revealed firearms, illegal prescription drugs, and paraphernalia.
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