The Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force (JDDTF) arrested a Washington County man with seven pounds of methamphetamine Monday, January 28, and another man was arrested September 26, 2018 for multiple drugs and weapons by Washington County. Sheriff Tim Helder said the two men have at least half a dozen drug offenses involving drugs and drug trafficking.
The 4th JDDTF had been investigating Ronald Hovey, 65, and Michael Reed, 38, both of Washington County, for meth trafficking for a few months, according to the news release.
On September 26, 2018, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office went to Hovey and Reed’s house in the 14900 block of Greenburrow Road in south Fayetteville with a search warrant. A sawed-off shotgun, $2,700 in cash, more than 1 pound of meth and more than 50 oxycodone and clonazepam pills were found at the home.
“Reed was arrested for Trafficking of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Purpose to Deliver, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs/Firearms, and Criminal Use of a Prohibited Weapon,” according to detectives with the 4th JDDTF.
Then on January 28, 4th JDDTF detectives had Hovey under surveillance as part of their investigation into his drug trafficking activities in Winslow. Multiple agencies — West Fork police, Arkansas State Police and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies — were involved in placing Hovey into custody. He was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver from the previous search warrant. A search of his car was done and detectives found seven pounds of meth in it. Hovey was charged with Trafficking of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.