Rusk County TX March 17 2012 Today at approximately 10:00 am, the Rusk County Precinct 2 Constable, Benjamin Thomas Ferrell, 36, of Tatum, was arrested by Dallas Division F.B.I. Special Agents of the Tyler resident High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) office. Ferrell was charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Phentermine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Marihuana, and Selling Firearms to Prohibited Persons.
Ferrell’s arrest came after a lengthy investigation initiated by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, in cooperation with F.B.I. HIDTA Task Force, which resulted in sealed federal indictments, US Title Code 21, Section 846 and 922D. Ferrell was transported and booked in the Smith County Jail awaiting arraignment by a Federal Magistrate.
A short time later, Amanda Gayle Ferrell, 32, of Henderson, wife of Constable Ferrell, was arrested at her residence on County Road 2127, by Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Officers. Amanda was charged with two counts of Manufactory/Delivery of Controlled Substance, a state jail felony. This charge was in connection to the investigation by Rusk County authorities and the F.B.I.
At approximately 2pm, Amanda was arraigned by Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Joe Sorrells with bond set at $10,000. She currently remains in the Rusk County Jail. The investigation continues and updates will follow as they become available.
Sheriff Danny R. Pirtle commended the officers associated in this investigation. Due to the professionalism and specialized training the investigation went as planned. We appreciate the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents for a job well done.