Investigation yields arrests
By CHRIS QUALLS News Editor A Union County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a possible counterfeiting operation ended up being a drug bust as well late Friday afternoon in El Dorado.
According to Union County Sheriff Ken Jones, deputies involved in the counterfeiting investigation had a house at 1010 W. Fifth St. under surveillance Friday when they observed three men leaving the residence.
Deputies then followed the men to the parking lot of a business at 1326 N. West Ave., where they were observed meeting with another individual. At that point, Jones said deputies observed what they believed to be a drug transaction and approached the group, one of whom – Rusty Novack, 24, of 415 N. Parkway – fled the scene.
Novack was apprehended and arrested, as were the other members of the group: Hank Wedgeworth, 48, address unknown; Anthony Cameron, 35, of 911 Liberty; and Jerry W. Miller, 27, of 1010 W. F i f t h .
After making the arrests, a search warrant was obtained and executed on the Miller residence at 1010 W. Fifth around 4:45 p.m. Inside the residence, Jones said deputies found evidence of the manu facture of crystal metham phetamine, including chemi cals and glassware. A half ounce of crystal meth was also found inside the resi dence, along with a computer and high-end scanner/copier allegedly being used to coun terfeit U.S. currency.
The four individuals arrested have been charged as follows: Wedgeworth, possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, and carrying a prohibited weapon; Cameron, possession of a controlled substance (meth); Novack, fleeing and resisting arrest; Miller, carrying a prohibited weapon, forgery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, and manufacturing a controlled substance (meth). Jones said the forgery charge against Miller is a state charge relating to the counterfeiting of U.S. currency. He added that the Sheriff’s Office will be conferring with the U.S. Secret Service early next week about the possibility of federal charges being filed against Miller.
All four men are being held in the Union County Jail without bond awaiting their first court appearance on Monday.