26 arrested on gun and drug charges in West Memphis federal sting

26 arrested on gun and drug charges in West Memphis federal sting

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) - Federal law enforcement officers arrested 26 fugitives on gun and drug charges Tuesday morning in West Memphis.

In total, 50 arrest warrants were issued for those involved in the operation, 11 of whom were already in state custody, which leaves 13 still at large.

Katherine Blanks, who lives in Marion, Arkansas, said agents raided her home looking for someone she doesn't even know.

"All of them pointing automatic weapons at me and I said, 'Can I help you?' and they said, 'Step outside,'" she explained. "I'm very happy they're getting it off the streets. I'm happy they're doing their jobs."

The collaborative investigation began in August 2015 in an attempt to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking in West Memphis.

An estimated six pounds of methamphetamine were seized through the mail, and one mail carrier is under investigation. Seventeen firearms were also discovered throughout the duration of the operation.

"Drug and gun crime has been overrunning the entire Arkansas Delta for some time, and the epidemic has hit West Memphis and Crittenden County hard," Harris said. "Law enforcement at all levels is committed to helping rid the community of drugs and is working together to find and stop these criminals."

The 26 defendants arrested Tuesday were taken to Little Rock where they will appear in federal court Thursday.

The task force, which is called "Money Don't Sleep," said it is not finished making arrests.

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