Hope man accused of dealing meth in 7-count federal indictment

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A seven-count indictment unsealed Monday in a Texarkana federal court accuses a Hope, Ark., man of methamphetamine distribution.

Edward Barzar, 40, appeared with Malvern, Ark., attorney Louis Loyd on Monday for an initial appearance and arraignment on an indictment charging him with seven counts of distributing methamphetamine. Loyd entered pleas of not guilty on Barzar’s behalf at the hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas.

The indictment filed Oct. 17 was unsealed following Barzar’s court appearance Monday. Counts 1, 2 and 3 of the indictment allege Barzar sold methamphetamine in amounts over five grams on May 31, June 13, and Sept. 11. Counts 4, 5, 6, and 7 accuse Barzar of selling a detectable amount of methamphetamine on June 1, June 7, June 12 and June 23.

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Loyd waived the issue of bond and release for Barzar at the hearing but can ask the judge for a detention hearing at a later date. Barzar is scheduled for a jury trial Dec. 18 before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey.

Prosecutors in Hempstead County, Ark., have charged with Barzar with multiple drug offenses including maintaining a drug premises and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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