OSCEOLA, AR – The Second Judicial Drug Task Force, the Osceola Police Department, the Blytheville Police Department, the Jonesboro Police Department, the Wilson Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police executed six search warrants in Osceola today. The warrants were in support of an investigation related to a neighborhood based criminal organization involved in the sale of crack cocaine and methamphetamine in the Osceola area. More than 75 officers representing these departments participated in the execution of these warrants.
Officers located approximately 40 grams of cocaine and approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine along with numerous items of paraphernalia including baggies, scales, and pipes. Officers also located two handguns that have been reported stolen and $1555.00 in US currency.
“The Second Judicial Drug Task Force is made up of officers from five agencies, which include the Blytheville Police Department, the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department, the Osceola Police Department, the Jonesboro Police Department, and the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department,” said Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District Scott Ellington. “Because of the commitment of Sheriffs Boyd and Cook, and Chiefs Collins, Elliot, and Thompson, and specifically because of the hard work and sacrifice of more than 75 law enforcement officers across the state, this morning the drug dealers in Osceola and South Mississippi County suffered a substantial setback in their criminal endeavors. I appreciate these officers’ hard work and dedication to make our community a better place to live and raise a family.”
Arrested during the operation were Marquette Smith, 27, and Hollen Jefferson, 62, both of Osceola.
Investigators stated more arrests are anticipated