The Four Aces bar on Highway 59 in McDonald County has closed down following the arrest of four individuals for selling methamphetamine to undercover officers at the establishment.
One of those arrested was the owner of the bar, Jose A. Pina, 43, of Noel. He was charged with sales of controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining or keeping a public nuisance.
Others who were arrested included Jason Holloway, 31, of Pineville, Robert D. Blevins, 36, of Southwest City, and John D. Radder, 45, of Gravette, Ark.
Holloway has been charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of prohibited articles in a county jail, maintaining or keeping a public nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use. Blevins and Radder were both charged with possession of a controlled substance and maintaining or keeping a public nuisance.
The arrests came after a lengthy investigation conducted by the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force. This process, according to Task Force Director Clif Boyer, included several undercover purchases, which were made in Four Aces and in the bar's parking lot. A search warrant was served at the establishment on April 24 and methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia were recovered.