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Dozens arrested in meth trafficking investigation

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Jeremy Wilson, 26 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department) Jeremy Wilson, 26 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department)
Randy Page (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department) Randy Page (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department)
Abdul Hopkins, 40 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department) Abdul Hopkins, 40 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department)
Kelvin Ragland, 24 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department) Kelvin Ragland, 24 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department)
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle held a news conference Thursday morning to announce the culmination of "Operation M-Pact." U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle held a news conference Thursday morning to announce the culmination of "Operation M-Pact."
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -

More than 4 dozen people have been arrested in a major joint federal and state investigation into drug trafficking in eastern Texas and Arkansas.

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales and Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle held a news conference Thursday morning to announce the culmination of "Operation M-Pact," a two-year investigation into individuals responsible for mid- and high-level trafficking and distribution of methamphetamine through the Eastern District of Texas as well as to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee.  

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the investigated individuals were responsible for trafficking and distributing more than 250 kilograms of methamphetamine through the I-30 corridor, to Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and beyond.  Those being prosecuted include:
 
Calvin Avery, age 41, Texarkana, TX
Darrin Betts, age 34, Texarkana, TX
Robert Clark, age 29, Diaz, AR
Marcus Floyd, age 25, Texarkana, TX
Rodrick Grimes, age 40, Coppell, TX
Keith Harris, age 44, Texarkana, TX
Danny Hill, age 33, Texarkana, TX
Abdul Hopkins, age 40, Texarkana, TX
Sonya Hopkins, age 37, Texarkana, TX
Jamaine Hunt, age 40, Texarkana, TX
Johnny Hunt, age 40, Dallas, TX
William Irby, age 43, Wynne, AR
Ashton Jackson, age 24, Texarkana, TX
Michael Jackson, age 38, Texarkana, TX
Keith Jones, age 32, Texarkana, TX
Lloyd Jones, age 29, Texarkana, TX
Santigie (Fred) Kabia, age 32, Texarkana, TX
Anthony Bryan Krebs, age 34, Texarkana, TX
Jonathan Lee, age 32, St. Louis, MO
Gary Lindsay, age 32, Texarkana, TX
Jason Martin, age 36, Texarkana, TX
Kenneth McCoy, age 43, Dallas, TX
Aaron Meeks, age 35, Texarkana, TX
Everett Moore, age 35, Texarkana, TX
Patrick O'Guinn, age 40, Ashdown, AR
Kelvin Ragland, age 34, Texarkana, TX
Robert Sanders, age 36, Texarkana, TX
Cornell Thomas, age 42, Texarkana, TX
Roderick Thurman, age 34, Texarkana, TX
Kenneth Walker, age 28, Texarkana, TX
Jeremy Wilson, age 26, Texarkana, TX
Clarence Willis, age 41, Texarkana, TX

This case is the result of an extensive two year joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division, Bi-State Narcotics Task Force, Texarkana, Texas Police Department, and IRS Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the police departments of Texarkana, Arkansas; Mt. Pleasant, Texas; Nacogdoches, Texas; Ashdown, Arkansas; the Miller and Little River County (Arkansas) and Bowie County (Texas) Sheriff's Offices; the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Arkansas; the District Attorney's Offices of Bowie County, Texas, Anderson County, Texas, and Little River County, Arkansas.  

During the course of this operation, agents have successfully arrested approximately 50 individuals and seized approximately 23 pounds of methamphetamine, over 3 pounds of cocaine, large amounts of marijuana, more than $50,000 in U.S. currency, 31 vehicles (recovering 6 stolen vehicles), 45 firearms (recovering 3 stolen firearms), more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition, and 7 properties with an estimated value of over $400,000.  
 
The investigation has led to additional arrests in the Northern District of Texas (Dallas area), including more than 16 additional defendants and the seizure of more than 2 kilograms of methamphetamine.   
 
"Today's announcement signals the dismantlement of a destructive criminal enterprise," said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez.  "The cooperation and coordination amongst local, state and federal law enforcement agencies resulted in the shared succ

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Locker and Mary Ann Cozby and Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle.
 
The defendant Roderick Thurman is currently a fugitive from justice.  We ask that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts contact the U.S. Marshals Service in Texarkana at (903) 793-8782.

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