More than 5 pounds of cocaine was taken into custody
jAne Duke is the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Authorities also confiscated more than 135 thousand dollars in cash.
On the street they went by names like Tang and Kool-Aid. Authorities say operation "Hog Wild" targeted known criminals.
Tuesday morning arrests were made in Texas and Arkansas. Twenty suspects were taken into custody, and along with them more than $135,000 in cash and a large stash of drugs.
"The drugs don't come from Pine Bluff," says Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Darlymple. "A lot of this is connected out of state, the Texas area and places like that. So it's not uncommon, in fact it's necessary for local efforts to combine with the resources of the feds because they're going beyond our jurisdiction."
Two years ago, local authorities and agents from the FBI teamed up with county investigators to work on the growing drug and gun crimes in Pine Bluff.
Tuesday's raid netted more than 2,500 grams of cocaine, 11 and 1/2 pounds of pot and weapons ranging from a Derringer to an A-K 47.
U.S. Attorney Jane Duke says, "Whether it's measureable or not, Pine Bluff is somewhat safer and more secure because of those twenty people being off the street. Because those were 20 people who were selling drugs and carrying guns. And they were 20 people who had a lot of criminal history with them too."
Authorities also impounded 10 vehicles, including a Mercedes and a Corvette. They say the cars and money will end up forfeited to local law enforcement agencies and used in undercover operations.
Seven suspects remain at large. But authorities say some of them are making arrangements to turn themselves in.
Below are the names of the individuals indicted during Operation Hog Wild.
Name City/State Age
Kenny Thomas Pine Bluff, AR 31
Renault Wilkerson Dallas, TX 29
Eric Racy Little Rock, AR 34
Marlon Thomas Pine Bluff, AR 36
Clifton Westmoreland Pine Bluff, AR 35
Antonio Williams Pine Bluff, AR 35
Marvin Young Pine Bluff, AR 45
Anthony Rogers Little Rock, AR 34
Dennis Wright, Jr Pine Bluff, AR 28
Carlos Daniels Pine Bluff, AR 30
Edmond Battles Pine Bluff, AR 25
Mack Goodwin Pine Bluff, AR 32
Edward Avery Pine Bluff, AR 64
Donyada Collins Pine Bluff, AR 30
Marcus Dorn Pine Bluff, AR 29
Antonio Reed Pine Bluff, AR 29
Jumaul Savage Pine Bluff, AR 34
Orlando Thomas Pine Bluff, AR 32
Barry Thomas Pine Bluff, AR 29
Ray Johnson Pine Bluff, AR 42
Corey Williams Pine Bluff, AR 32
Komie Henderson Pine Bluff, AR 28
Gregory Wilson Pine Bluff, AR 43
Alton Randall Pine Bluff, AR 24
Kenneth Thompson, Jr. Pine Bluff, AR 36
Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than two hundred and eight grams of a mixture containing cocaine base or more than five kilograms of cocaine, carries a possible punishment of no less than ten years and up to life imprisonment, and a fine of up to $4 million.
Distribution and possession with intent to distribute at least twenty- eight grams of a mixture containing cocaine base or more than five hundred grams of cocaine carries a possible punishment of no less than five years, and up to forty years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $2 million; and distribution of the Schedule I controlled substance, referred to as 'mimic ecstacy', has a possible punishment of up to twenty years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $1 million; and for distribution quantities of less than twenty-eight grams of a mixture containing cocaine base or less than five hundred grams of cocaine carries the possible punishment of up to twenty years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $1 million. The distribution of marijuana as charged carries a punishment of up five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,00.000.
The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a possible punishment of no less than five years and up to life imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.
Possession of a firearm by a felon carries a possible punishment of not more than ten years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine, unless the defendant has three previous convictions for a violent felony or serious drug offense, in which case, the possible punishment is not less than fifteen years, and up to life imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.
An indictment contains only allegations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.