Tri-County Drug Task Force Seizes 1 Kilo of Cocaine, Assisted by Multiple Agencies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Major Gary McClain
870.541.5351 Office / 870.329.5639 Phone
TRI-COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE SEIZES 1 KILO OF COCAINE, ASSISTED BY MULTIPLE AGENCIES: Jefferson County, Arkansas - July 7, 2023 - In a joint operation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Arkansas State Police, and Pine Bluff Vice & Narcotics, investigators seized 1 kilo of cocaine with an estimated street value of approximately $100,000.00.
At approximately 11:51 a.m., a suspicious package containing an off-white substance that field-tested positive for cocaine was intercepted. Subsequently, a controlled reverse delivery was conducted, leading to the arrest of at least one suspect. The suspect is currently in custody, pending the formal filing of charges for possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver.
Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. expressed his appreciation for the multi-agency cooperation that played a crucial role in this operation. He stated, "This successful seizure of one kilo of cocaine highlights the power of collaboration and the unwavering dedication of the law enforcement agencies involved. We are committed to investigating, disrupting, and dismantling drug traffickers who operate within our jurisdiction."
Possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver is classified as a Class Y Felony under Arkansas law. If convicted, the suspect faces a minimum sentence of ten (10) years and a maximum of forty (40) years, or life imprisonment.
Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. emphasized the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office's ongoing commitment to combating drug-related crimes through the investigative efforts of Tri-County Drug Task Force lead by Captain Yohance Brunson. Sheriff Woods further stated, "This operation demonstrates our determination to ensure the safety and well-being of our community by aggressively pursuing individuals involved in drug trafficking. We will continue our relentless efforts to investigate, disrupt, and dismantle criminal networks that pose a threat to our county."
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office extends its gratitude to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Arkansas State Police, and Pine Bluff Vice & Narcotics for their invaluable support in this operation. The collaboration between these agencies exemplifies the shared commitment to preserving the peace and security of our community.