WEST MEMPHIS — Authorities arrested 26 people in Crittenden County and Memphis on federal drug and gun indictments after a two-year investigation culminated Tuesday morning in a sweep by federal agents and police officers.
Eleven other suspects were already in state custody, and police continued searching for 13 others named in the indictments, who are considered federal fugitives.
In all, 50 people face charges in “Operation Money Don’t Sleep,” said Patrick Harris, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The name of the sting was cited when officers noticed the suspects were selling drugs “at all hours,” Harris said.
Those arrested will be arraigned in federal court in Little Rock before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome Kearney at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Charges include conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; use of a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm; and selling a firearm to a felon.
The operation began in September