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Multiple arrests in Conway prescription narcotics drug ring

Federal investigation results in arrest of six Conway residents

Posted: June 12, 2013 - 4:18pm

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.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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InsGuru
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InsGuru 06/12/13 - 04:28 pm
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Pics of the perps?

No pics of the perps? Or a copy of the complaint filed?

Courtney Spradlin
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Courtney Spradlin 06/12/13 - 04:44 pm
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We've asked for pics. Doesn't

We've asked for pics. Doesn't look like we will get them today.
We didn't include the complaint because it has information that I think could impact the investigation.

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usd04422 06/12/13 - 04:56 pm
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Just Facebook one of the

Just Facebook one of the girls, they are there most of em friends. One is in the latest booked

Courtney Spradlin
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Courtney Spradlin 06/12/13 - 06:19 pm
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Intake photos added. But

Intake photos added. But we're missing Jeremy Burton at press time.

Log Vader
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Log Vader 06/13/13 - 03:58 pm
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None of these guys were

None of these guys were arrested Tuesday... Unless you are talking about the Tuesday nearly 2 months ago.

arkansan
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arkansan 06/13/13 - 06:25 pm
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well,

They arrested someone. I saw them surround a house all decked out in swat gear Tuesday morning.

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sevenof400 06/13/13 - 09:13 pm
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So not only are booking photos optional...

...they are apparently clothing optional as well.

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Courtney Spradlin 06/14/13 - 09:06 am
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I was told they were just

I was told they were just arrested on Tuesday.

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