April 13, 2011 Edition

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Joint effort leads to arrests

Gretchen Hunt

Two Lawrence County residents were among 13 arrested in a three-county area as part of a roundup by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force and local law enforcement agencies.

Henry H. Boyce, Third Judicial District prosecuting attorney and director of the Third Judicial Drug Task Force, announced on Friday the arrest of 13 individuals on a variety of drug charges, many of which involved prescription medication.

"I think this roundup shows that clearly we are not only struggling with an illicit drug problem, we are now confronted with a pharmaceutical black market," Boyce said. "I think the drug task force should be commended for being able to complete this roundup."

Locally, Aaron Branson Ellis, 31, of Ravenden was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance (Oxycodone), a class Y felony, which was enhanced for being within 1,000 feet of a church.

Samantha Collins Broyes, 20, of Smithville was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance (Clonazapam), a class B felony.

In addition to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department and the Ravenden Police Department, the task force members were assisted in the execution of the warrants by the Arkansas State Police, Jackson and Sharp County Sheriff's Departments, as well as Cherokee Village, Hardy, Highland, Cave City and Newport police departments.

"It is good that all the law enforcement agencies were able to work together with the prosecuting attorney's office and the drug task force to make this happen," Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson said.

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