A Hope man has been charged with selling meth while working on a construction job at Hope High School.
Billy Ray McCauley, 21, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Ice) Methamphetamine following an undercover operation by the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department and South Central Drug Task Force.
The Sheriff’s Department reports that agents were able to purchase Ice on more than one occasion within 1,000 feet of and on school property.
Arkansas law provides for enhanced penalties for possessing or selling controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school.
McCauley was employed as a temporary laborer at the high school construction site.
He was arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday on Yerger Street by Investigators Gary Don Dorman and Justin Crane. He was awaiting a first court appearance in the Hempstead County Detention Center.
McCauley’s 1989 Chevy station wagon was seized following his arrest.
“This investigation is a continuing effort by the dedicated men and women of the Hempstead County Sheriff’s office and Agents of the South Central Drug Task to keep drugs and those who deal drugs away from our children,” says Sheriff James Singleton.
“The agents and deputies involved in this investigation are to be commended for their effort.”