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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Drug buy nets arrest

  • A Washington state man faces local drug charges after an undercover agent with the Clark County Sheriff's Office set up a transaction with him.
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  • A Washington state man faces local drug charges after an undercover agent with the Clark County Sheriff's Office set up a transaction with him.
    The detective says he paid $900 in police buy money to the suspect in exchange for 1/4 pound of marijuana, and that after making an arrest other officials close to the investigation found cocaine and cash with a trace amount of cocaine on the currency.
    Binh Thai Tran, of Bothell, Wash., was formally charged recently with various felony drug charges. He has been in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond since his Nov. 6 arrest.
    According to an affidavit on file at the Clark County Circuit Clerk's Office, the undercover officer "was contacted by the individual" that evening and was "instructed to meet him in the Holiday Inn hotel lobby" in Caddo Valley. While there, Tran pulled up in a van, approached the detective and identified himself as Johnny Tran.
    Carrying a plastic bag, an unsuspecting Tran reportedly told the detective the two needed to go inside the hotel and "discuss paperwork," the affidavit states. Tran "further stated that he thought that he and I would make a good team."
    As Tran and the undercover officer approached the hotel, other officers attempted to place him into custody but were apparently met with enough resistance to require a dose of pepper spray to Tran's face in order to get him to comply with officers' instructions.
    Once Tran was handcuffed, a search of his person was conducted and yielded a folded $1 bill that contained 1 gram of cocaine. A search of the bag Tran was carrying produced 4 ounces of marijuana and two bottles of beer, according to the affidavit.
    Officers then searched Tran's vehicle and seized an additional 13 ounces of marijuana, as well as a folded $20 bill containing a trace amount of cocaine, electronic devices, a ledger, miscellaneous paperwork and other paraphernalia, according to the affidavit.
    On Friday, Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson filed charges of possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, a Class C felony; criminal attempt to deliver marijuana, a Class D felony; possession of cocaine, a Class C felony; and resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.
    For the three felony charges, Tran could face anywhere from six to 26 years in prison if convicted, and up to one year in jail for the misdemeanor charge.
    Sheriff Jason Watson said Tran lived in Hot Springs at the time of the arrest.
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