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FBI arrest 52 suspected drug traffickers in Arkansas

May 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FBI arrest 52 suspected drug traffickers in Arkansas

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Authorities announced multiple federal indictments after an early morning raid was carried out that resulted in dozens of arrests of drug traffickers and illegal firearm dealers.

On May 24th, officials with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, FBI, Little Rock Police Department, and North Little Rock Police Department announced the unsealing of eight indictments against 61 suspected dealers.

The statement by the Department of Justice on Wednesday came after police officers carried out early morning busts that resulted in the arrests of 25 individuals – joining 27 suspects already in custody. Nine other suspects are still on the lam.

The largest of the eight indictments charge the defendants with heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine conspiracies; multiple meth, fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine possession and distribution charges; and multiple gun charges, KARK4 reported.

FBI officials announced the massive sweep of 52 suspected drug traffickers in Arkansas last week

Patrick C. Harris, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, emphasized the connection that drug dealers have with violence as he praised the law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigation.

“Targeting drug dealers remains a priority for my office, as well as for all law agencies in Arkansas,” Harris stated. “Drugs continue to be a source of violence in our city, and taking these criminals off the streets has made Little Rock a safer place. An operation like this is not possible without the help of all agencies involved… while today’s operation represents a victory against criminals, it in no way ends our coordinated efforts to ease crime and improve the lives and security of citizens in our city.”

In addition to confiscating cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl – police also seized 25 firearms and $241,000 in cash.

Little Rock, which is in the center of Arkansas, is the territory where the Sinaloa Cartel is considered the dominant regional group. The Los Caballeros Templarios – also known as the Knights Templar Cartel – is also known to work within the jurisdiction of the DEA’s Little Rock office.

The Sinaloa Cartel – based out in Mexico – is considered the largest drug cartel in the world. A significant amount of the violence that occurs on the streets of the U.S. is related to drugs that are distributed from the Sinaloa Cartel.

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