A Conway woman is among 15 federal defendants indicted on drug charges following “Operation Quack Attack.”
The operation focused on identifying drug traffickers while seizing large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from within the Chicot County area, Allison W. Bragg, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said.
The extensive investigation conducted by the FBI and Arkansas State Police began in 2016 following an increase in violence related to drug trafficking in the Chicot County area, officials said. The Arkansas Community Correction Special Response Team also aided in the investigation.
The 15 federal defendants were arrested Tuesday with help from the Lake Village Police Department and Chicot County Sheriff’s Office.
Those facing federal charges following “Operation Quack Attack” include:
• Latoya Jackson, 35, of Conway.
• Cantral “Crumb” Huggins, 40, of Benton.
• Kashif Lucas, 35, of Lake Village.
• Steven “Tar Baby” Jorday, 42, of Little Rock.
• Anthony “Tony” Bailey, 30, of Lake Village.
• Deangalo Furlow, 31, of Lake Village.
• Tiffany Huggins, 32, of Benton.
• Tristen Taylor, 21, of Eudora.
• Sheldon “Tae” Wilson, 39, of Lake Village.
• Ramien Collins, 38, of Monticello.
• Deyvon King, 41, of Lake Village.
• Donnie Miller, 58, of Lake Village.
• Davidlon “DP” Palmer, 40, of Eudora.
• Everette “Pumpkin” Ross, 49, of Lake Village.
• Jessie “Boone” Williams, 35, of Durmott.
Those charged in “Operation Quack Attack” each have previous, violent criminal convictions, including state and federal drug trafficking offenses along with aggravated assault, terroristic act, residential burglary, commercial burglary, second-degree murder, possession of firearms by certain persons and interstate travel in aid of racketeering charges.
U.S. Attorney Cody Hildand said the arrests made during this operation help combat the violence associated with drug trafficking.
“Today’s arrests signify our commitment to stopping the violence that goes hand-in-hand with drug trafficking,” he said. “We appreciate the collaboration between the federal and state partners that made this investigation possible.”
Investigators conducted 58 controlled drug buys and executed two search warrants during “Operation Quack Attack.” During the investigation, authorities seized more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 229 grams of cocaine, 200 grams of crack cocaine, 128 grams of marijuana and 6 firearms, as well as almost $17,000 in cash.
While arresting those charged in this case on Tuesday, authorities also confiscated six additional firearms, including two AR-style rifles and a “street sweeper” shotgun with a multi-shell drum attached, were recovered, as well as another $3,927 in suspected drug proceeds, Bragg said.
Diane Upchurch, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Field Office, said the agencies involved in “Operation Quack Attack” worked diligently together throughout the investigation.
“Prolonged investigations such as Operation Quack Attack serve to highlight the positive and enduring working relationships amongst members of Arkansas law enforcement and protect our communities from violent drug traffickers,” she said. “It is with sincere appreciation that I would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Arkansas State Police, and Arkansas Community Correction for their assistance with this investigation.”
Staff writer Marisa Hicks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.