“We did it by phone,” Roberson said, “just to save them embarrassment.I called Jay and told him they had to come and see me.” Roberson doubts his call came as a surprise.In fact, in June 1991 — three years after Harmon called Campbell and Lane to appear before his grand jury and six years before Harmon was finally convicted for drug racketeering — Chuck Banks, the U. attorney at the time, called a press conference specifically to refute reports that investigators had found any evidence linking Harmon to drugs. We found no evidence of any drug-related misconduct by public officials in Saline County.” Skeptics, including Linda Ives, were left believing that no one involved in drug investigations in Central Arkansas could be trusted.Her sense of betrayal intensified as Harmon’s unchecked conduct grew increasingly erratic.David Lewis, that Campbell and other deputies had used excessive force during their investigation. Another claimed that Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Lane had planted drugs on him.Arguing that Campbell and Lane had spawned a wave of “terrorism,” Lewis took affidavits to the Pulaski County sheriff, the Arkansas State Police and the FBI, seeking an investigation into the deputies’ activities, but his appeals were dismissed.
At one, Campbell and two Little Rock bail bondsmen will be tried on the methamphetamine-related charges.
In early February, Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney Lona Horne Mc Castlain charged Campbell, a former Pulaski County narcotics officer, with a slew of felonies.
They included manufacturing methamphetamine, hindering prosecution, burglary and theft. Free on bond, he and his wife have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Between the buildings, street banners advertise “Lonoke.
Life as it should be.” But recent filings at the courthouse suggest not all has been ideal.