Fifteen people, mostly from Chicot County, are in custody after federal and state authorities made numerous arrests Tuesday morning.
The arrests stemmed from an on-going investigation conducted by the FBI and the Arkansas State Police since 2016 and indictments by a federal grand jury Sept. 5.
Multiple drug traffickers were identified during the program and large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana were seized in the area, according to officials.
Eleven of the defendants were arrested early Tuesday morning, while four were already in federal or state custody on unrelated charges.
Davidlon Palmer, 40, of Eudora, had not been taken into custody as of press time. Five defendants have pending state arrest warrants as part of the operation.
Those in custody Tuesday afternoon included Cantral Huggins, 40, Benton; Kashif Lucas, 35, Lake Village; Steven Jordan, 42, Little Rock; Anthony Bailey, 30, Lake Village; Deangalo Furlow, 31, Lake Village; Tiffany Huggins, 32, Benton; Latoya Jackson, 35, Conway; Tristen Taylor, 21, Eudora; Sheldon Wilson, 39, Lake Village; Ramien Collins, 38, Monticello; Deyvon King, 41, Lake Village; Donnie Miller, 58, of Lake Village; Everette Ross, 49, of Lake Village; and Jessie Williams, 35, of Dermott.
Individuals involved in this case have numerous violent prior criminal convictions, including state and federal drug trafficking offenses, aggravated assault, terroristic act, residential burglary, commercial burglary, murder 2nd degree, possession of firearms by certain persons, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.
The defendants face various drug trafficking and gun charges. The most serious drug charges carry a penalty range of not less than 10 years in prison, and not more than life, a fine of up to $10,000,000, and not less than five years of supervised release.
The federal defendants arrested Tuesday will be arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on Thursday. The federal defendants in state custody will be arraigned at a later date.