TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today's THV has learned that dozens of people have been arrested in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy in the Texarkana area.
A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Texarkana with United States Attorney Conner Eldridge.
A total of 76 defendants have been charged in federal and state cases in this operation.
According to a press release, a federal indictment containing 190 counts was unsealed Tuesday charging 66 defendants with numerous drug trafficking and firearms offenses, including conspiracy to distribute crack-cocaine and methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm and use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
U.S. attorneys say that drugs were manufactured near five different schools in the Texarkana area.
"This case indicates that we are serious about working together to investigate and prosecute individuals and organizations that put our communities in jeopardy by engaging in drug trafficking and other crimes," commented Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. "Many of these Defendants placed children at risk by selling drugs in close proximity to schools, public housing, and a playground. I appreciate the cooperation among local, state, and federal law enforcement and prosecutors to bring this case. We will continue to work together to identify, investigate and prosecute criminal activity such as this, and ensure that our streets-in Texarkana, South Arkansas, and throughout the Western District-are safe."
They also confirm this operation called "Operation State Line Sweep," doesn't haven't any connection to last week's "Operation Delta Blues." Last week, 70 people were charged in that alleged drug operation in Helena-West Helena. Five of those suspects were police officers.
THV's B.J. Steed is following this story today and you can follow him on Twitter for updates.
Source: United States Attorney, Western District of Arkansas