JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. -- Authorities have arrested eight people and seized drugs and guns in a raid in Pine Bluff Friday night.
Dozens of law enforcement officers from the Tri-County Drug Task Force, Pine Bluff Vice & Narcotics Unit, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Pine Bluff Police Department took part in the investigation.
The operation was led by acting Tri-County Drug Task Force Commander, Lieutenant Yohance Brunson.
The raid focused on the 2100 block of West 23rd Avenue and 2300 block of Spruce Street.
The officers executed the two search warrants simultaneously.
Operations Commander & Spokesman Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says that during the searches, investigators located approximately 8 grams of suspected crack cocaine with a total estimated street value of approximately $8,000.00.
Also located during the search were 2 pistols, 1 stolen revolver, 2 assault rifles, and $2,610.00 in cash.
Arrested were Kedrick Johnson, 35; Ashton Jackson, 32; Kendall Moore, 30; Andre Heard, 40; Hasheem Packard, 24; Trekenya Marshall, 34; Jackie Gibson, 50 and Tia O'Neal, 23, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
They were arrested and charged with 1 count of possession of a controlled substance; 1 count of possession of a controlled substance; 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with purpose; possession of firearm by certain person and theft by receiving; simultaneous of drugs and firearms, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with purpose, active felony warrant arrest; misdemeanor warrant arrest; possession of firearm by certain person, 1 count of possession of a controlled substance; misdemeanor warrant arrest respectively.
"We all know that the drug epidemic here in our city and county is a serious one but one that we all remain committed to fighting. We as a law enforcement agency also recognize that we are a long way from winning the war on drugs but its winning fights like this that result in multiple arrests and the seizure of illegal weapons that keep us fighting to rid this community of illegal drugs and the individuals that distribute them," said Major Woods.
All 8 people arrested were transported to the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center and held until their initial appearance or until a bond can be set.
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