The U.S. attorney's office announced today that a joint operation with local law enforcement had led this morning to arrests in the indictment of dozens of drug and gun dealers in the Little Rock area, the culmination of an 18-month investigation.
Twenty-five were arrested today, joining 27 already in custody, while another
nine are being sought. Fifty of the 61 are from Little Rock.
Eight indictments were unsealed today, the largest naming 33 people in 67 counts of a heroin and cocaine conspiracy. A Justice Department news release identified the leader as Aaron "Black" Clark, 33, of Little Rock.
The indictments cover cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and multiple gun charges.
An investigation of North Little Rock drug gangs began in 2015 and soon led to suppliers in Little Rock, the news release said. Wiretaps and undercover purchases were used to identify suspects. A search warrant issued in November led to seizure
of $100,000, jewelry, heroin, a marijuana grow operation and firearms.
The release said agents had seized more than 2.2 pounds of cocaine, 1.1 pounds of heroin, a pound of both crack cocaine and meth and a half-pound of fentanyl. In all, they seized 25 guns and $241,000 in cash.