"Like any law enforcement agency, our effectiveness depends on information given to us by the public," Sheriff Tate Lawrence said, explaining how the investigations got started. "We got some information about drug activity, and began working with the Drug Task Force.
According to Lawrence, the investigation, which goes back to April, involved documenting illegal drug sales through drug buys by informants or undercover officers.
Wilson is charged with six deliveries of marijuana, one delivery of Methadone and one delivery of Triazolam. Because controlled substances were sold "on numerous occasions" within 100 feet of a church, Wilson is also charged with six counts of maintaining a drug premise.
During a search of Wilson's residence, Lawrence said officers recovered marijuana and other drug related items, and a firearm. Wilson, who faces 21-charges in all, was arrested, but released after posting bond in the amount of $65,000.
Also arrested at Wilson's residence on Oct. 18 were Calvin Don Wilson, Jr., 30, who was allegedly in possession of drug paraphernalia, and Marklin Daniel Wilson, who was charged with marijuana possession.
In other undercover operations which concluded on Oct. 18, Rebecca Diane Dockins, 31, of Melbourne was charged with maintaining a drug premise, and four counts of selling Oxycodone.
Brenton Needles, 26, of Horseshoe Bend was arrested for selling Hydrocodone and methamphetamine, from the residence of Kevin Cox in Melbourne. During a search of Cox's home, which is near a school, officers recovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a firearm, for which Cox was arrested.
In another case, Marcus Cox Montgomery, 27, of Melbourne has been charged with the sale of Oxycodone and marijuana. Montgomery has not been arrested.
The Fulton County Sheriff's Department, the Mountain View Police Department, the Arkansas State Police and Game and Fish Commission assisted in making the arrests.
"We believe that these individuals were all operating independently," the Sheriff said. "We will continue to address illegal drug activity in Izard County."