MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - Federal and state prosecutors say 24 people have been charged with distributing methamphetamine in southwestern Arkansas and in Texas.
U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge and 13th District Prosecuting Attorney Ian Vickery announced the charges at a news conference Thursday afternoon in Magnolia.
The two say authorities executed five search warrants in Waldo and Magnolia, Ark., and Dallas and Desoto, Texas. Investigators seized an estimated three pounds of methamphetamine, five weapons and approximately $150,000 in cash.
Eldridge says the investigation known as "Operation Crystal Clear" began in early 2012 and included controlled purchases of methamphetamine.
The prosecutors say 16 of the 24 charged are in custody and the remaining eight are being sought.
Those arrested are from Magnolia, Waldo, Dallas and Texarkana, Texas.
The federal defendants arrested today in the case are as follows: Curtis Cole, age 45 of Waldo; Courtney Loudermill, age 34 of Waldo; Jamie Martin, age 33 of Waldo; Claudie Miller Jr., age 40 of Dallas, TX; Lee Williams, age 40 of Magnolia; and Eric Wyrick, age 34 of Texarkana, TX.
The state defendants arrested today in this case are as follows: Steven Atkinson, of Waldo; Johnny Carter, of Magnolia; Brandon Chambliss, age 33 of Magnolia; Samuel Cogbill, age 29 of Waldo; Michael Hunter, age 36 of Waldo; Mario Meadows, age 23 of Magnolia; Sammy Otwell, of Magnolia; Ricardo Walker, age 21 of Waldo; Jarrod Wilson, of Magnolia; and John Woodward.
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