Operation Lake Ice nets 21 arrests, closes out year-long meth dealer investigation

Last January, Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown authorized the Criminal Investigations Division to conduct a long-term investigation called “Operation Lake Ice,” specifically targeting methamphetamine dealers in Cleburne County.  

Detectives from the sheriff’s office, with assistance from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force and Heber Springs Police Department, began conducting their investigation. 

While some parts of the investigation remain ongoing, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies conducted a large-scale round-up on January 9 as a result of the initial phase of the operation.  

Members of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Heber Springs Police Department, Quitman Police Department, Greers Ferry Police Department, Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, Probation/Parole, and the Independence County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve arrest warrants on 19 individuals that were issued as a result of Operation Lake Ice.

Out of the 19 issued warrants, 15 suspects were arrested for warrants as a direct result of Operation Lake Ice.  

Those individuals are:
-Dennis Allender, 44, of Concord – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises
-Latasha Ashabranner, 26, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device
-Michael Brawley, 51, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Maintaining a Drug Premises
-John Brown, 51, of Drasco – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams
-Jessica Cook, 37, of Wilburn (Currently incarcerated in ADC) – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device, Maintaining a Drug Premises
-Johnathan Haward,35, of Heber Springs (Currently incarcerated in ADC) – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Habitual Offender
-William Heffington, 45, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Use of a Communication Device
-Russell Holliday, 46, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Parole Hold
-Dustin Khoury, 36, of Drasco – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Habitual Offender
-Daniel Mahoney, 32, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Failure to Appear
-John Sparks, 61, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Habitual Offender
-Andrew Uphoff, 53, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises
-James Walton, 30, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device, Parole Hold
-Amber Wheat, 33, of Heber Springs – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises
-Kimberly Wright, 45, of the Cove Creek Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine)

The suspects that were not located during Tuesday morning’s round up have been placed on the “Most Wanted” section of the Sheriff’s Office website, and anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (501)362-8143.

 Those individuals are:
-Deana Mathias, 48, of Wilburn – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine more than 10 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Use of a Communication Device
-Coby Howell, 39, of the West Pangburn Area – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Use of a Communication Device
-Bobby Defoor, 36, of Quitman – Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams, Maintaining a Drug Premises, Use of a Communication Device
-Misty Barker, 36, of Heber Springs –  Delivery of Meth or Cocaine less than 2 grams
There were also a number of individuals that law enforcement made contact with during the round up.  Several were taken to jail on warrants or probable cause charges, and several more were issued citations and released.  Those individuals brought to jail were:
-Karen Adams, 47, of Pangburn – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
-Joshua Balentine, 37, of Quitman – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine
-John Davis, 46, of Heber Springs – Possession of Marijuana less than 4 ounces
-Connie Frazier, 44, of Heber Springs – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction of Governmental Operations, Resisting Arrest
-Kenneth Kendrick, 59, of Heber Springs – Failure to Appear
-Amanda Kiser, 40, of Heber Springs – Out of Town Warrant Assist
-Anthony Riddle, 27, of Heber Springs – Failure to Appear, Parole Hold
-Jacqueline Rose, 49, of Heber Springs – Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
 
More arrests are expected as this operation continues. During the year of 2017, the Sheriff’s Office seized approximately $960,000 worth of methamphetamine and recovered approximately $428,000 worth of stolen property.  
 

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