In an unusual coordination of multiple operations, four nearly concurrent drug raids were executed and arrests made throughout the region Wednesday afternoon with one instance happening at a well-known restaurant franchise in Hope.

In an unusual coordination of multiple operations, four nearly concurrent drug raids were executed and arrests made throughout the region Wednesday afternoon with one instance happening at a well-known restaurant franchise in Hope.
According to a press statement from the Eight North Task Force, undercover personnel were able to purchase methamphetamine at Hope’s Kentucky Fried Chicken, allegedly from Edward Barzar one of the restaurant’s five managers over the course of several months.
Barzar, age 40, was one of those arrested and taken into custody by Hope Police at the restaurant itself, located the corner of the Clinton Bypass and Hazel in Hope.
The Task Force’s statement said, “The restaurant was temporally closed while agents executed a search warrant for illegal narcotics. The search resulted in no illegal drugs being found inside the KFC.”
KFC was closed approximately two hours during the search, and then was released to the control of a KFC district manager.
While searching the premises, however, a second arrest was made; another KFC employee, identified as Tierra Green, age 23, was charged with obstructing governmental operations and possession of marijuana.  The Task Force’s statement noted that a K-9 alerted on Green’s vehicle in the parking lot.
There was no public statement released by the ownership of the Hope KFC on Wednesday night, or as of Thursday afternoon, as the Hope Star was preparing for press.
As police converged at the restaurant, there were other drug operation activities happening concurrently as officers executed two search warrants at the Imperial Apartments at South Main Street in Hope, and a third one at an apartment in the San-Fernando apartment complex located off the old Lewisville Highway.
These additional raids resulted in the confiscation of over 100 grams of methamphetamine, over a pound of marijuana, over $16,000.00 in cash and several vehicles as well as two additional arrests, although it was unclear if the individuals were directly connected with either the drugs or the vehicles.
Dale Wayne Sullivan, age 53, was arrested for possession of Controlled Substance with purpose, and police took into custody a woman identified as Deidra Johnson, age 24, but her arrest or changes were not made public in the task force’s statement.
While at the Imperial Apartments in Hope, officers announced the recovery of a stolen motorcycle.
The Task Force’s statement credits law enforcement officers from the 8th North Task Force, Arkansas State Police, Hope Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott Police and FBI Agents with the action.
The warrants were a culmination of an approximate year long investigation into the distribution of Methamphetamine and other illegal substances in Hempstead County, according to the Task Force’s statement.