LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say nine people remain at large in a sweeping federal investigation into eastern Arkansas corruption.
FBI spokesman Steve Frazier tells The Associated Press that five arrests have been made since Tuesday's announcement that authorities had arrested 51 people, including four police officers and a sheriff's deputy, in what authorities dubbed "Operation Delta Blues." The arrests came after a four-year investigation that's led to the indictments of 70 people.
The officers are accused of taking bribes to watch over shipments of cocaine and other drugs. One officer also allegedly discussed payments he took from defense lawyers to look the other way on offenses.
The FBI, Arkansas State Police and several other agencies were involved in making the arrests.
Those charged in the investigation are expected to appear in court Thursday.
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THV's Pam Baccam and BJ Steed are in Helena-West Helena to try to catch up with the residents, and get an understanding as to how the community is reacting to this federal sting.
We will hear from them on "Today's THV at 6:00."