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DEA investigation results in the drug trafficking indictments of 1,260 suspects in Arkansas

September 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
DEA investigation results in the drug trafficking indictments of 1,260 suspects in Arkansas

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A drug trafficking investigation involving Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies resulted in the arrests of more than 1,000 individuals in Arkansas.

In an announcement made on Friday in Little Rock, U.S. Attorneys Cody Hiland and Dak Kees said the investigation targeting several drug trafficking rings responsible for importing illegal narcotics into the state resulted in the arrests of 1,260 suspects across the state.

DEA assistant special agent in charge Justin King said the multi-agency joint task force operation also resulted in the seizure of more than 37 kilograms of methamphetamine, 47 kilograms of cocaine, nearly a kilogram of heroin, nearly 1,300 pounds of marijuana, nearly 229,000 prescription pills, 211 firearms, 32 vehicles and over $357,000 in cash.

Among those charged in the federal drug trafficking indictments include low-level distributors, high-level suppliers, and traffickers.

Officials have not released the identities of the co-conspirators arrested.

According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement press release,  the investigation dubbed “Operation Task Force Arkansas” involved 200 officers from the state’s 19 drug task forces along with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The arrests are the second major operation to occur in Arkansas on consecutive days.

Justice Department prosecutors unsealed a federal indictment on Thursday charging 31 additional defendants on 53 counts related to drug and gun trafficking along with money laundering.

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