By TONI WALTHALL News-Times Staff Arkansas State Police and Union County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators believe they’ve taken a major drug dealer off the street after a weekend drug bust.
John Hayes, 63, of 1412 N. Gray St., El Dorado, was arrested Friday for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. He had his first appearance in court Tuesday before Union County District Judge George Van Hook, where his $100,000 bond was upheld.
Working with U.S. postal inspectors in Little Rock, the local agencies intercepted about $20,000 worth of powder cocaine shipped to Hayes.
According to investigators, Little Rock postal inspectors discovered the package containing more than half a pound of the controlled substance in December, but Hayes’ arrest came after "lengthy surveillance."
ASP and UCSO agents arrested Hayes after he accepted the narcotics from undercover agents at 704 E. Pecan St. during a controlled delivery sting this weekend. According to the report, Hayes admitted that he had been receiving illegal substances through the mail for "several years," after sending money orders to California. The matter is still being investigated.
Hayes’ son, Greg Hayes, was arrested in May 2005, after a similar sting recovered a large case of ProMeth cough syrup with codeine shipped to Hayes. Investigators said Greg Hayes was arrested, but is out of jail on bond pending his trial.
The elder Hayes, whose charges are "much more serious," according to investigators, is being held in custody on $100,000 bond.