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Five arrested in drug bust

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Osceola Police Chief Ray Rigsby, Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook and Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson are pictured with drugs and money seized Thursday from a Blytheville residence.
Area law enforcement seized approximately 275 pounds of marijuana, with an approximate street value of $275,000, Thursday from a Blytheville home.

The operation also turned up more than $16,000 in U.S. currency and a tractor/trailer, all being used in connection with the sale of marijuana in the area.

Five arrests were made as a result of the investigation, which took six months and involved law enforcement agencies from Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. Agents with the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force, Blytheville Police Department, Osceola Police Department and Mississippi County Sheriff's Department arrested Steve Parrot, 60, of San Juan, Texas, Juan Hernandez Jr., 30, of Pharr, Texas, Maricio Lozano, 25, of Edinburg, Texas, Jasinto Guzman, 43, of Edinburg, Texas, and Carlos Johnson, 35, of Blytheville. All five are being charged with the transport and distribution of marijuana in the Blytheville area.

"We are very pleased with the results of all of these law enforcement agencies working together," said Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook. "The results of a lot of hard work and cooperation came into fruition, and we were able to move one step further in stopping the drug traffic that is harming the youth of our county."

The five subjects will appear in Blytheville District Court Monday, Dec. 5 for a probable cause hearing.

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