LITTLE ROCK — Thirty people in the Jonesboro area are named in a 64-count federal indictment alleging they were involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock said Wednesday.
If convicted, the defendants could face prison sentences ranging from three years up to 10 years to life, said Jane Duke, first assistant to Christopher Thyer, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Thyer has recused himself from prosecuting the case.
The indictment resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the prosecuting attorney’s office in Jonesboro. Assisting in arrests were the Arkansas State Police, the U.S. Marshal Service, the FBI, the Arkansas National Guard and the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.
Similar mass drug busts were conducted in Pine Bluff in September 2010, when 25 people were indicted; and in February 2012, when 34 people were indicted on drugs and weapons charges in connection with what authorities described as cocaine rings.