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11 charged in Hope drug-trafficking case

By David Harten

This article was published March 6, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

Eleven men were charged recently for their purported roles in a drug-trafficking operation in Hope, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Connor Eldridge.

The men range in age from their teens to early 30s and are all Hope natives — Adrian Dabila Aranda, 34; Ishmael Aranda Jr., 19; Christian Archer, 29; Laquan D. Haynes, 29; James L. Block, 24; Brodney J. Dixon, 28; Billy R. Florence, 31; Lamario D. Henderson, 25; Carlos Leonel Silva, 29; Phil Stuard, Jr., 30; and Deshawn G. White, 25. All men are charged with trafficking “large scale” amounts of methamphetamine throughout the town, the news release states.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the case, including the FBI, Hempstead County and Howard County sheriff’s offices, Hope Police Department, Arkansas State Police and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

“Like many small towns, Hope has been plagued by drug trafficking,” Eldridge said in the statement. “With this case, numerous drug traffickers in the area have been arrested and are being prosecuted.  Cleaning up drug activity is vital to the success and growth of Hope, as it is for all communities.  We appreciate the hard work of all agencies involved in the investigation of this case, and will continue to vigorously prosecute this type of activity throughout the Western District of Arkansas.”

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