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Undercover Operation Results in Drug Arrest

BY MELANIE BUCK –

“We are committed to arresting drug dealers in Polk County,” stated Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in a press release following the latest drug-related arrest from the department.

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Sheriff’s Department and the 18th West Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) arrested John T. Pitchford, age 42 of Hatton, Ark., and charged him with three counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. The specific amounts of methamphetamine that each delivery contained has not been provided, however, initial charges indicated each transaction was between 2 grams and 10 grams each.

According to Arkansas Code, two grams or more, but less than 28 grams, is a Class B felony that could be punishable by five to 20 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $15,000.

The charges Pitchford faces are the result of a month-long undercover operation where he allegedly sold methamphetamine to an agent on three separate occasions. “My Department and the DTF are working hard to keep our children and our community safe,” said Sawyer.

As a note, the charges listed in this article are allegations. The suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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