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Batesville hub for drug ring

After three years of surveillance work, undercover buys, working with informants and gathering information, local, state and federal agents were able to bust a major drug trafficking ring centered in Batesville.

According to Jane W. Duke, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the investigation — dubbed “Tienda Hielo” or “Ice Store” — focused on “ice” methamphetamine trafficking. Duke said it was initiated by agents of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force working with members of the Arkansas Drug Enforcement Agency and several other agencies.

Authorities say the ice meth, which has a purity level greater than 80 percent, was coming from Mexico and finding its way to Batesville before being distributed to other cities like Memphis; Kansas City, Mo.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Indianapolis.

Local officers, along with those from other agencies involved in the operation, were recognized for their efforts at a ceremony held Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Little Rock. More from the Batesville (Arkansas) Daily Guard

The article further states:

On multiple occasions, the drugs were concealed within automobiles loaded on a multi-vehicle transport carrier.

“Once the carrier arrived in Batesville, the vehicles would be off-loaded, driven to remote locations and the drugs removed,” she said.

Duke said those involved in the organization were savvy. Rather than chance transporting large amounts of cash back to Mexico, and it being seized on the highway somewhere, they would load vehicles full of consumer goods and take them to Mexico.

Excellent bust from our law enforcement in Arkansas.


April 20, 2008 - Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , , ,

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