BLYTHEVILLE, AR (abc24.com) – In the pre-dawn hours they fanned out, more than 150 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, arresting more than 100 as part of a two-year undercover investigation into Mid-South drugs and guns.
“They came knocking on the door, saying we are the police,” said Jamie Brown. Brown’s husband, two sons, and nephew, were all arrested as part of the massive investigation that included more than 240 undercover operations.
“All of them in jail, somebody got to be right, so I guess it will be me,” Brown said. “They just have to make better choices, that's all.”
As part of the raid, investigators seized 108 guns, more than 3 pounds of meth, more than 3 pounds of crack cocaine, and 26 pounds of marijuana.
“The people we arrested today have long histories of committing acts of violence,” said Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson. “These were some rather large amounts of meth that we were taking.”
Thompson added, “We know it is not going to stop with these arrests but we are definitely putting a dent in it.”
“I think it is just a big misunderstanding,” said Bud Miller, who had two brothers arrested on Wednesday. “I got a phone call saying something about the feds was in town.”
“It is just horrible, they got the whole town,” he said. “It was just so many police it was scary.”
“I am thankful to be a part of this operation,” said Hayti, MO Police Chief Paul Sheckell. “This was a good collaborate effort between Federal, State and Local agencies to combat the production, sale and distribution of illegal drugs in our communities. This operation will have a direct impact on our community and through the hard work and dedication of the many officers involved these individuals will no longer be able to sell their drugs on our streets."
“I don't like guns, I don't fool with them,” said Brown. “Only bad habit I have is smoking cigarettes and I need to stop buying them.”
Investigators were still searching for about a dozen suspects Wednesday night. Those arrested will face federal judges in Little Rock and Missouri on Thursday morning.