Police offer accused Conway drug dealers chance to turn lives around

Wallace Evans shook his head Friday as he stared at copies of the federal indictments.

The defendants were not strangers. He knew them from Taylor Square, a Conway neighborhood down the street from the nonprofit A Father’s Place that Evans runs.

“I’ve talked to these young men,” he said. “But that’s the lifestyle that they chose and that’s the direction they want to go in. It’s sad.”

The federal drug conspiracy charges against the four Conway men, that was the sad news. What gave Evans and other community leaders hope Friday was the other part of the program authorities outlined during a news conference at the Conway Police Department.