Fast-food worker among 3 arrested during 5 drug raids

5 drug raids net 3 arrests
"We confiscated methamphetamine. We confiscated marijuana. We confiscated several cars. And, in the process, we discovered a significant amount of cash," Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
"We confiscated methamphetamine. We confiscated marijuana. We confiscated several cars. And, in the process, we discovered a significant amount of cash," Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said. (Source: Fred Gamble/KSLA News 12)
Edward Barzar, 40, of Hope, Ark. (Source: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)
Edward Barzar, 40, of Hope, Ark. (Source: Hempstead County Sheriff's Office)

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - A manager of a Southwest Arkansas fast-food restaurant may have been selling more than food, authorities say.

Edward Barzar, 40, of Hope, Ark., was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon while working at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hope, Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said.

Authorities have given no indication that any drug activity occurred at the restaurant.

Barzar is one of three people arrested in connection with what authorities described as a major drug bust in the county.

Hempstead County sheriff's deputies and city, state and federal law officers raided five locations just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Each site was a focus of a yearlong investigation, the sheriff said.

Now law officers are tabulating the amount of drugs and cash recovered.

"Today, we confiscated methamphetamine. We confiscated marijuana. We confiscated several cars," Singleton said.

"And in the process, we discovered a significant amount of cash."

Authorities have not yet released the identities of the other two people who were arrested Wednesday.

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