Fifteen defendants indicted by a federal grand jury in early September have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Chicot County, according to a news release from Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Ten of 15 defendants are from Chicot County, one is from Monticello, two are from Benton, one is from Little Rock, and one is from Conway. The names of those arrested are listed at the end of this news story.
In 2016, authorities began a joint investigation following an increase in violence related to drug trafficking in the area.
Hiland, along with Diane Upchurch, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock field office, and Arkansas State Police Col. Bill Bryant, said the investigation, dubbed “Operation Quack Attack,” has led to the identification of multiple drug traffickers and the seizure of large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in the Chicot County area.
They said several of those involved have prior violent criminal convictions, including state and federal drug trafficking offenses, aggravated assault, terroristic act, residential burglary, commercial burglary, second-degree murder, possession of firearms by certain persons, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.
Seven indictments charging 15 individuals in the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with a federal complaint charging one defendant in the Western District of Arkansas, were unsealed on Tuesday. Law enforcement officers arrested 11 defendants early Tuesday morning, while four defendants were already in federal or state custody on unrelated charges.
During the investigation, investigators conducted 58 controlled purchases of drugs and executed two search warrants.
Authorities seized more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 229 grams of cocaine, 200 grams of crack cocaine, 128 grams of marijuana, six firearms and nearly $17,000 in cash.
During arrest operations on Tuesday morning, six additional firearms, including two AR-style rifles and a “street sweeper” shotgun with a multi-shell drum attached, were recovered, as well as another $3,927 in suspected drug proceeds.
In addition to the FBI and Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Community Correction Special Response Team provided assistance throughout the investigation. The Lake Village Police Department and the Chicot County sheriff’s office provided assistance during Tuesday’s operation.
Kashif Lucas, 35,of Lake Village
Anthony Bailey, 30, of Lake Village
Deangalo Furlow, 31, of Lake Village
Sheldon Wilson, 39, of Lake Village
Deyvon King, 41, of Lake Village
Donnie Miller, 58, of Lake Village
Everette Ross, 49, of Lake Village
Jessie Williams, 35, of Dermott
Tristen Taylor, 21, of Eudora
Ramien Collins, 38, of Monticello
Cantral Huggins, 40, of Benton
Tiffany Huggins, 32, of Benton
Steven Jordan, 42, of Little Rock
Latoya Jackson, 35, of Conway
Davidlon Palmer, 40, of Eudora, is the lone federal defendant in the investigation who remains a fugitive.
Five defendants have pending state arrest warrants as part of the operation.