DELAWARE COUNTY – Members of the Delaware County Drug Task Force have seized property and cash with an estimated worth of almost a half-million dollars from more than 250 drug cases they’ve solved in the past year.
Members of the task force include Delaware County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel; Grove police officers Ron Crawford and John Morrow; West Siloam Springs Police Chief Larry Barnett and West Siloam Springs Police Officer Tony Stewart, and Investigator Mike Eason with the 13th District Attorney’s office.
Of the approximately 250 cases the task force worked in 2008, 150 arrests were made and approximately 35 search warrants were executed.
Property and drugs with an estimated street value of $475,000 were seized.
“The pills, drugs, and marijuana seized amounted to a street value of almost $333,000. We also seized 11 vehicles, one boat with a trailer, and 52 weapons with a value of a little over $25,000,” said Teel.
According to Teel, the biggest drug raid was on the Internet pharmacy owned and operated by Norman Enyart Jr., of Grove.
“Enyart was running four Internet sites for the pharmacy and was bringing in approximately $24,000 a day,” said Teel.
Enyart and his brother, along with several of his employees, were arrested after a sting on February 29th. Officers seized 2,000 Soma pills, other pills, marijuana, prescriptions, prescription orders, computers, 25 to 30 guns, $17,000 in cash, and more than 5,000 untaxed cigarettes at the Enyart’s residences.
Investigator Eason said the estimated value of items seized during that raid bordered on the $300,000 figure.
Enyart pled guilty on May 28th and received a deferred sentence and fines.
The largest marijuana bust was made after a traffic stop. It involved 13 pounds of seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with 48 grams of methamphetamine, amounting to a street value of over $40,000.
Ernest Wayne “Sonny” Black and his wife Jamie Renee Raney were stopped on Highway 59, April 18.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Brownell was called to the scene with canine officer Chico who “alerted” on the couples car several times, signifying the presence of drugs.
During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered the drugs and paraphernalia.
A later search of the couple’s home resulted in the seizing of several items including guns, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Felony charges against the couple are pending in district court.
“These men work long hours and are dedicated to doing their best to stop the drug trade in our county,” said Delaware County Sheriff Jay Blackfox. “I’m very proud of their dedication and appreciate the many hours they spend on the streets, away from their families, so that families in our communities can be safe.”