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More than 120 face charges in federal drug, weapons probe

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published March 13, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. Updated March 13, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

"Operation: H.I.T.S." mug shots

Mug shots of 31 suspects indicted in the "Operation: H.I.T.S." raid in northeast Arkansas and southe...

A total of 125 defendants from Arkansas and Missouri are facing charges in a major federal investigation into drug and gun trafficking.

The investigation, which was carried out in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas, resulted in authorities seizing more than 100 guns, 3 pounds of methamphetamine, 3 pounds of cocaine and 26 pounds of marijuana, as well as other drugs, investigators said in a statement.

More than 80 of the defendants were taken into custody Wednesday on a variety of drug and weapons charges during a multi-agency sweep in the two states.

“... [O]ur commitment to eradicating drug trafficking and violent crime has never been stronger,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Christopher R. Thyer said in the statement. “In order to achieve the results we see today, it takes commitment from every law enforcement agency in the region. These large-scale investigations take time and teamwork."

In Arkansas, 19 of the defendants from Blytheville will face a combined 91 federal counts including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, aiding and abetting distribution of methamphetamine and use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The main Blytheville indictment, which was officially handed down March 6, charges eleven people with 53 different counts of weapon and drug crimes. Six other indictments charge the remaining eight federal defendants.

An additional 14 defendants are charged in Arkansas in the Second Judicial District, authorities said. The rest face charges in state and federal court in southeast Missouri.

The bust, a two-year investigation dubbed Operation High Intensity Trafficking Suppression, was launched "in response to firearms violence and the trafficking of narcotics" and has resulted in more than 240 undercover operations in the last two years, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Court appearances for some of the Arkansas defendants will begin Thursday morning.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more details.

Operation H.I.T.S. Defendant List

Defendants charged/arrested for March 13, 2013 operation:

Arkansas Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

  1. Holifield, Dorsey, 42, Blytheville, Ark.
  2. Love, David E, 29, Blytheville, Ark.
  3. Mayo, Raymond S, 44, Blytheville, Ark.
  4. Mayo, Thomas, 47, Blytheville, Ark.
  5. McDougal, Lasette D, 31, Blytheville, Ark.
  6. Peoples, Andre D, aka “West Side Dre”, 34, Blytheville, Ark.
  7. Price, Odis M, 26, Caruthersville, Ark.
  8. Pugh, Anitone A, aka “Bobie”, 25, Blytheville, Ark.
  9. Sanders, Kevin, 20, Blytheville, Ark.
  10. Slater, Alvin D, 33, Blytheville, Ark.
  11. Sledge, Robert L, 32, Blytheville, Ark.
  12. Williams, Mark E, 55, Blytheville, Ark.

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

  1. Brock, Jessie, aka “Gator”, 25, Steele, Mo.
  2. Brown, Christopher I, 25, Kennett, Mo.
  3. Cross, Dwayne A, aka “Grip”, 30, Kennett, Mo.
  4. Ellis, Bryant, 41, Kennett, Mo.
  5. Harrell, Calvin C, 35, Kennett, Mo.
  6. Hollywood, Shawn, 32, Kennett, Mo.
  7. Lee, Takesha A, 29, Kennett, Mo.
  8. Lemons, Bryan D, aka “B-Lem”, 28, Kennett, Mo.
  9. Ray, Detrick L, aka “D-Ray”, 34, Kennett, Mo.
  10. Saylors, Willie, 40, Kennett, Mo.
  11. Stark, April R, 30, Kennett, Mo.

Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

  1. Abbott, Deron D, 22, Hayti, Mo.
  2. Alston, Tyreese L, 21, Caruthersville, Mo.
  3. Carter, D'Ariea, 20, Caruthersville, Mo.
  4. Carter, Lonnie J, aka “J-Rock”, 35, Caruthersville, Mo.
  5. Casey, Diana, 39, Blytheville, Ark.
  6. Crenshaw, Alfea L, aka “Alfred”, 22, Hayti, Mo.
  7. Fisher, Garnett, 32, Hayti, Mo.
  8. Flagg, Wash, 48, Hayti, Mo.
  9. Foster, Joshua L, 26, Hayti, Mo.
  10. Hale, Anthony, 41, Steele, Mo.
  11. Hall, Fred, aka “Baby Fred”, 32, Hayti, Mo.
  12. Hamilton, Annie L, 33, Hayti, Mo.
  13. Humes, David, aka “Gator”, 57, Hayti, Mo.
  14. Johnson, Cordnie, 34, Hayti, Mo.
  15. Jones, Michael, aka “Dirty Mike”, 32, Blytheville, Ark.
  16. Kelleybrew, Antonio M, 49, Caruthersville, Mo.
  17. Kelleybrew, Tracy R, 44, Caruthersville, Mo.
  18. Lee, Eddie B, 24, Caruthersville, Mo.
  19. Lewis, Anthony R, 46, Caruthersville, Mo.
  20. Lockhart, Jimmy L, 42, Hayti, Mo.
  21. Luster JR, Eddie G, 28, Hayti, Mo.
  22. McIntyre, Carolyn R, 36, Hayti, Mo.
  23. Miles, Doris F, 64, Hayti, Mo.
  24. Moore, Nicholas 30, Hayti, Mo.
  25. Morgan, Kathleen M, 54, Caruthersville, Mo.
  26. Price, Odis M, 26, Caruthersville, Mo.
  27. Razor, Jerome E, aka “TC”, 30, Blytheville, Ark.
  28. Rhines, Domineik D, aka “BB”, 21, Hayti, Mo.
  29. Robinson, Mark S, 51, Caruthersville, Mo.
  30. Robinson, Patricia A, 25, Caruthersville, Mo.
  31. Smith, Phillip J, 22, Caruthersville, Mo.
  32. Thomas, Deon M, 33, Hayti, Mo.
  33. Tilson, Keith D, 31, Caruthersville, Mo.
  34. Truss, Edward F, 31, Caruthersville, Mo.
  35. Truss, Leslie L, 34, Caruthersville, Mo.
  36. Turner, Frederick D, aka “Freddie B”, 36, Hayti, Mo.
  37. Warren, Demarcus D, 23, Hayti, Mo.
  38. Williams, James A, 26, Hayti, Mo.
  39. Woods, Eric J, 29, Caruthersville, Mo.

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas:

  1. Black, Isaac, aka “Smooth”, 28, Blytheville, Ark.
  2. Brown II, Kenneth E, aka “Ice Man”, 26, Blytheville, Ark.
  3. Brown, Kenneth E, 54, Blytheville, Ark.
  4. Brown, Tremayne, aka “Chubs”, 25, Blytheville, Ark.
  5. Buckley, Sherrill L, 31, Blytheville, Ark.
  6. Chew, Troy D, 37, Blytheville, Ark.
  7. Clayborn, Larry D, 38, Blytheville, Ark.
  8. Hawkins, Santriana S, 19, Blytheville, Ark.
  9. Jackson, Renaldre, aka “Nod”, 21, Blytheville, Ark.
  10. Jones, Ivory L, aka “Willy Ivory”, 28, Blytheville, Ark.
  11. Knight, Bobby, 20, Blytheville, Ark.
  12. McCray, Tyrone E, 29, Blytheville, Ark.
  13. Parnell, Anthony J, aka “AJ”, 25, Blytheville, Ark.
  14. Rhodes, Derrick A, aka “3D”, 39, Blytheville, Ark.
  15. Robinson, Andre J, aka “Blue”, 34, Blytheville, Ark.
  16. Robinson, Brian E, aka “Smiley”, 33, Blytheville, Ark.
  17. Staton, Rashead A, aka “West Side”, 27, Blytheville, Ark.
  18. Thomas, Isaac S, 43, Blytheville, Ark.
  19. Thompson, Rickey M, aka “Tricky Ricky”, 33, Blytheville, Ark.

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri:

  1. Carter, Larry L, aka “Lil Larry”, 36, Hayti, Mo.
  2. Goforth, Billy W, 42, Caruthersville, Mo.
  3. Johnson, Decarlos, aka “Muncho”, 36, Hayti, Mo.
  4. Lorren, Bryan, 24, Kennett, Mo.
  5. Luster SR, Eddie G, aka “Screwball”, 59, Hayti, Mo.
  6. Luster, Michael A, 40, Hayti, Mo.
  7. Payne, Frederick E, aka “Freaky B”, 30, Hayti, Mo.
  8. Razor, Johnny L, aka “Cartwright”, 38, Blytheville, Ark.
  9. Razor, James L, 37, Blytheville, Ark.
  10. Taylor, Anthony O, aka “Clue”, 28, Steele, Mo.
  11. Truss, Elmer L, 32, Caruthersville, Mo.
  12. Wheeler, Emanuel, A, 29, Kennett, Mo.
  13. Whitley, Dwayne M, aka “Crazy”, 37, Kennett, Mo.
  14. Whitley, Willie, 35, Hayti, Mo.
  15. Winters, Steve R, 46, Hayti, Mo.
  16. Woods, Myron K, 38, Caruthersville, Mo.

Defendants charged/arrested previously in investigation:

Arkansas Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

  1. Biggs, Dawn, 39, Blytheville, Ark.
  2. Stallworth, Charles, 20, Blytheville, Ark.

Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

  1. Chatman, Daniel A, 30, Memphis, Tenn.
  2. Clark, Brittany L, 26, Kennett, Mo.
  3. Cullins, Travis, 30, Blytheville, Ark.
  4. Humphrey, Antonio, 31, Memphis, Tenn.
  5. Jamison, Dewaine D, 28, Kennett, Mo.
  6. Martin, Melvin, 29, Memphis, Tenn.
  7. Owens, Jerome, 19, Hayti, Mo.
  8. Reed, Torrance, 27, Kennett, Mo.

Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

  1. Armour, Ratio F, 25, Steele, Mo.
  2. Battles, Ondra J, 32, Caruthersville, Mo.
  3. Black, Bobby D, 38, Caruthersville, Mo.
  4. Fisher, Alnelius S, 24, Hayti, Mo.
  5. Griffin, Billy L, 32, Caruthersville, Mo.
  6. Hale, Anthony, 41, Steele, Mo.
  7. Hampton, Justin L, 36, Caruthersville, Mo.
  8. Hastings, Eric D, 34, Steele, Mo.
  9. Jones, Marvin E, 47, Caruthersville, Mo.
  10. Mansfield, Lance K, 37, Caruthersville, Mo.
  11. Miller, Terry L, 48, Wardell, Mo.
  12. Swims, Amber M, 24, Caruthersville, Mo.
  13. Taylor, Davario D, 23, Caruthersville, Mo.

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Missouri:

  1. Baxter, Joe B, 69, Steele, Mo.
  2. Blair, Damontray L, 31, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  3. Chew, Kori D, 29, Blytheville, Ark.
  4. Hendrix, Darmarro L, 24, Caruthersville, Mo.
  5. McFarland, Rodney L, 33, Kennett, Mo.
  6. Robinson, John H, 29, Steele, Mo.


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NONSHEEPLE says... March 13, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.

Good. I'll be waiting for a follow up article explaining what's actually happening.

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SF72764 says... March 13, 2013 at 12:31 p.m.

Interesting to see if my sister n law is one of them, she's dope headed kook.

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BradBailey says... March 13, 2013 at 9:15 p.m.

More policing for profit. Keeps the Mexican mafia in business. Keeps the federal grants coming. Keeps the drug task forces in the green with asset forfeiture laws. Does NOTHING to reduce drug consumption in Arkansas.

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