66 named in federal drug indictment in Texarkana

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 8:37am

It's being called "Operation State Line." Police began arresting suspects at 7:00 Tuesday morning. By mid-afternoon, 41 were behind bars. Altogether, 74 people are named in a pair of federal and state indictments on charges including distributing crack cocaine and possessing illegal weapons.

12 people are accused of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of Pinehurst Village, a public housing complex. Several others allegedly sold drugs to undercover officers near five public schools and a public park. The operation ran from June until August, with help from the F.B.I.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge called the operation "significant," and added "We believe it will make the streets of Texarkana safer and make great headway in the drug trafficking issue." Police wouldn't comment on where the drugs may have originated, but confirmed that durg trafficking is a growing problem in Arkansas.

As of 2:00 Tuesday, police were still looking for 34 suspects. They say they won't stop until they're all behind bars.

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