The Citizen Gazette
, Arkansas Online
reports that at least five police officers are among 51 people arrested in a drug trafficking bust in Arkansas. The five officers are, Herman Eaton, Winston Dean Jackson, Marlene Kalb, Robert Rogers and Robert Wahls. More than 800 personnel from the U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service and the Arkansas State Police were involved.
One agent was injured while serving warrants but his injuries are not life threatening. The arrests come after a four year investigation into corrupted police officers. Crack, cocaine and marijuana were among the drugs said to have been trafficked. Charges include public corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offense. The officers that were involved helped the traffickers move the drugs around.
Police are still searching for 14 fugitives at the time. A two year investigation, called operation Delta Blues, focused on corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering in West Helena and Marianna. Authorities used 16 court authorized wiretaps in the investigation, officials stated.
"Today's indictments and arrests are merely the beginning, We believe there are more cases of the corruption, and we intend to press forward with our investigation to weed out those who would sacrifice their oath and violate the public's trust,
" said Valerie Parlave, special agent in charge of the Little Rock field office for FBI.
"Several of those indicted today are not strangers to law enforcement. Many have been charged in state court with some of the serious class (of) felonies, including murder,"
"Yet they remain free today."