Meth busts continue with new charge

Monday, June 2, 2003

GREEN FOREST ---- A months-long continuing investigation by Green Forest police netted another suspect May 23 when Berryville Police Officer Kevin Disheroon arrested Eduardo Lopez on an outstanding Green Forest warrant alleging delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

Lopez, 25, of Berryville, was being held in Carroll County Jail on $25,000 Thursday.

Green Forest Sgt. Brad Handley said the warrant was issued some time ago as a part of a drug sweep in April that resulted in the arrests of approximately 12 suspects so far, and included meth sales and meth manufacturing in Green Forest.

The investigation began in February, and Green Forest Police and Carroll County investigators have ben working on several groups of individuals.

"This is a continuing anti-drug sweep, and more arrests will be made, Handley said.

Lopez was arrested as a result of a controlled undercover meth buy of about a gram of the drug from a confidential informant on the Green Forest Public Square.

Handley declined to say when the buy was made, to protect the informant.

"Officer Brandon Ruley and myself set up surveillance and watched the undercover buy," Handley said.

Lopez's 1995 Toyota 4-wheel drive pickup was seized as a part of the investigation, Handley said.

In the April sweep, Nikki Hutchison, 20, of Green Forest, was taken into custody after she allegedly sold a half-gram of meth to an undercover agent.

According to authorities, Hutchison was one of several subjects to be arrested in connection with an on-going drug investigation.

"We've been working meth cases since February," said Sgt. Handley, "which has led to the confiscation of three meth labs and the arrests of approximately 12 suspects."

Some of those arrests were handled by Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies.

"This is an on-going investigation, inter-linked with the sheriff's office," Green Forest Police Chief John Bailey explained. "Other arrests are pending."

Hutchison was arrested at her Green Forest home on April 17. Police say she had a half-gram of meth in her pocket when they made contact with her.

The meth in her pocket was separate from the half-gram she allegedly sold to an undercover officer, police contend.

Hutchison was booked into the county jail, charged with alleged delivery of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia (a pipe). She was later released on a $10,000 bond.

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