Law suit seeks forfeiture of cash and vehicle

A civil suit has been filed against Dennis Amaral, Jr., seeking the forfeiture of a pickup truck and almost $8,700 in cash Amaral allegedly used or obtained in the drug trade.

The 42-year-old Amaral was arrested this month after selling methamphetamine to a person working with law enforcement. The latest arrest came while Amaral was free on bond waiting for bed space to open in the chronically overcrowded state prison system.

The bond allowing him to be free had to be approved by a judge and the bonds are only rarely okayed.

Amaral was released after he was sentenced to five years in prison following pleading guilty to drug-related charges in two cases in late November last year.

In one case, he had been accused of selling a total of slightly more than 20 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant on several occasions in June and July 2016.

In the second case, Amaral was arrested in August 2016 at a residence along East Eighth Street in Mountain Home. According to the probable cause affidavit, the person renting the house told investigators she let Amaral stay at the residence for a period of several weeks. A written consent to search the house was provided and approximately 54 grams of a crystalline substance, digital scales, used syringes, firearms and slightly more than $1,300 in cash were seized.

Amaral was also charged with possession of a defaced firearm and being a felon in possesion of a firearm.

A civil suit was also filed in the earlier cases seeking the forfeiture of the $1,300 found in the search of the East Eighth Street house, along with a 2003 PT Cruiser.

Amaral was once active as a drug rehabilitation counselor himself. He was listed as a member of the Arkansas Legislative Task Force on Substance Abuse Treatment Services in 2012.

Amaral was ordered to reappear in circuit court March 15th.

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