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Lee County drug dealer gets 25 years

posted: 03/09/2013 5:06 a.m. Comments 2

A Lee County convicted rapist and drug dealer who shot at federal agents as they tried to arrest him in 2011 was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday.

Probation agency will supervise man

posted: 03/08/2013 4:53 a.m. Discuss

A change of heart by the U.S. Probation Office for the Middle District of Tennessee has spared Operation Delta Blues defendant Donnie Mitchell from a resentencing hearing that was scheduled for this morning in Little Rock.

Agency refuses to tend convict

posted: 03/02/2013 4:48 a.m. Discuss

A Helena-West Helena man, sentenced Wednesday to “time served” instead of a prison sentence after a federal judge learned that he was relieved to be arrested and freed from his life of drug trafficking, will be resentenced next week.

Marvell woman gets two years in cocaine case

posted: 03/01/2013 12:40 a.m. Discuss

A Marvell woman who served as an unpaid courier for a drug-trafficking operation that imported cocaine from Dallas into the Helena-West Helena area in 2008 and 2009 was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison – half the term sought by prosecutors but more than the probation she requested.

Man gets five years in Delta drug case

posted: 02/16/2013 4:44 a.m. Discuss

A Helena-West Helena drug dealer received a five year sentence in federal court Friday for the role he played in a multi-state drug trafficking ring that funneled hundreds of pounds of cocaine into the Arkansas Delta.

Helena man admits being drug runner

posted: 01/18/2013 12:23 a.m. Discuss

For nearly two years, Jessie Brewer’s apartment in Helena-West Helena was known to crack dealers and users as “The Projects,” a place where guns were stashed and drugs were easily available for purchase, prosecutors say.

Kalb found guilty on drug, extortion charges

updated: 12/14/2012 1:10 p.m. Gallery Comments 3

A former police officer charged in a broad investigation into corruption and drug trafficking in eastern Arkansas has been found guilty of extortion and attempt to possess a controlled substance.

Jury gets Delta drug-escort case

posted: 12/14/2012 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Shortly before jurors began deliberating Thursday on public-corruption charges against a former Helena-West Helena police lieutenant, a federal prosecutor asked rhetorically if it made sense that the officer would go out of her way on her day off just to help an acquaintance transport motorcycle parts through the city.

Jury begins deliberations in 'Delta Blues' trial of ex-officer

posted: 12/13/2012 3:12 p.m. Gallery Discuss

The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a former police officer arrested as part of a broad investigation into drug trafficking and corruption in eastern Arkansas.

Framed by FBI ally, says ex-officer

posted: 12/13/2012 12:58 a.m. Discuss

A former Helena-West Helena police lieutenant testified Wednesday during her trial that she was set up by an FBI informant who made it falsely appear in secret recordings that she agreed to help him transport cocaine through the city in return for cash.

Informant tells jury he hired officer to escort drugs

posted: 12/12/2012 12:37 a.m. Discuss

A career drug dealer now living in Memphis spent most of Tuesday describing for jurors in a Little Rock federal courtroom the enormity and pervasiveness of public corruption in and around Helena-West Helena, where he grew up. Cornelious Coleman, 35, whom an FBI agent described as a true “player,” revealed a seedy world of drug deals, thefts and payoffs that blatantly thrived alongside official business.

Total paid to felon in 'Delta Blues' case to eclipse $50,000

posted: 12/11/2012 10:51 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A convicted felon who worked as an informant for authorities during a broad investigation into drug trafficking and corruption in eastern Arkansas will receive a total of more than $50,000 for his involvement and expenses, an FBI agent testified Tuesday.

Special agent reveals details of Delta probe

posted: 12/11/2012 12:52 a.m. Discuss

A former Helena-West Helena police lieutenant wasn’t an initial target of a public-corruption investigation in eastern Arkansas, but a fellow officer named her to stand in for him and provide an escort for a man believed to be carrying a load of cocaine, an FBI agent testified Monday.

Trial under way for officer in Delta Blues case

updated: 12/10/2012 9:54 a.m. Gallery Discuss

Jury selection has started in the trial for the only police officer not to plead guilty among five indicted last year in a broad federal investigation into corruption and drug dealing in eastern Arkansas.

Rifle-toting ‘pot’ seller gets 5 years in Delta Blues case

posted: 12/05/2012 12:31 a.m. Comments 5

A federal judge ordered a five-year prison sentence Tuesday for a Helena-West Helena man who admitted to trafficking pounds of marijuana and possessing an AK-47 rifle to protect his illicit drugs and drug proceeds.

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