More than 70 people suspected of conspiring to traffic drugs in the Texarkana area have been charged, the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Western District of Arkansas announced today.

A 190-count federal indictment charging 66 defendants with drug and weapons offenses was unsealed Tuesday, Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, said in a press release. 

Additional defendants have been charged with state crimes. Seventy-four suspects have been charged. Of those, 41 are in custody and 33 remain at large.

Among the crimes listed are conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Multiple agencies including the U.S. Attorneys Office, FBI, Arkansas State Police, Texarkana, Texas, Police Department; Texarkana, Ark., Police Department, Miller County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecuting Attorney for the 8th Judicial District South discussed the collaborative investigation at a press release at Texarkana’s downtown courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

See Wednesday’s print and online editions for complete coverage. 

Published: 10/18/2011