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Drug investigation leads to seven arrests

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Seven people were arrested and three remain in jail after Wise County Sheriff’s Office orchestrated a drug raid at a home in Newark earlier this month.

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Investigators arrested Paul Hopkins, 36, of Newark on July 9 on a methamphetamine charge. Three days later, serving a search warrant, the SWAT team raided a home in the 100 block of County Road 4873 in Newark.

Five people at the residence were arrested in the raid on various drug charges. They were Kenneth Barber, 25, Michael Rager, 60, Michael Rager II, 25, Andrea Taylor, 54, and Carl Hawkins, 52, all of Newark.

Later that day, Fidel Torres, 30, of Joshua proceeded to deliver a large amount of methamphetamine to the home. Unknown to him, officers were there waiting for him.

He was arrested while allegedly delivering more than 4 grams of methamphetamine to the house. He’s still being held in Wise County Jail under a $120,000 bond.

Hopkins also remains in jail under a $37,200 bond on charges related possession of meth and a warrant for bail-jumping out of Tarrant County. Hawkins is also in jail under a $20,000 bond for possession of meth. The rest all posted bond within one to five days after the arrest.

“I think our guys did outstanding work,” said Captain Kevin Benton. “There is a lot of work that goes into obtaining a search warrant and gathering enough information to go all the way to prosecution.

“We’re hoping it has an impact on cutting down drug activity in the area.”

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