LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Authorities said three federal investigations into gangs moving drugs and guns through central Arkansas resulted in 80 federal indictments and 45 arrests Wednesday morning.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office in Little Rock, two of the investigations were led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with FBI agents tracking two rival gangs – the Every Body Killas (EBK) and the Loady Murder Mobb.
The third investigation, led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, started in August of last year after DEA agents said they found street-level methamphetamine and fentanyl dealers using a common California supply source while working an investigation with the North Little Rock Police Department.
Of the 45 arrests Wednesday morning, eight were already in custody, an attorney’s office spokesperson said. Law enforcement will continue to pursue the remaining 35, representatives said.
Authorities noted that Detective Kevin Collins with the Pine Bluff Police Department was shot and killed as part of the FBI investigation into the EBK gang, saying Collins was killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant to a gang associate in October 2020.
Collins had been assisting federal investigators and provided information that led to 14 wiretaps used in the investigation leading to the Wednesday arrests, officials said.
Agents claimed their investigations showed the gangs were funding their actions through the sale of high-grade marijuana and trafficking drugs between Arkansas, Texas, California, Arizona, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
An FBI representative said four guns, one of which was an AR-style pistol, 2 ounces of cocaine, 1 ounce of crack cocaine and $30,000 cash were seized in Wednesday’s arrests.
Earlier seizures from the FBI investigation include 42 guns, including two machine guns, approximately $775,000 in cash and $428,000 in jewelry, approximately 278 pounds of marijuana, 7 ounces of cocaine, 3 ounces of crack cocaine, 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and 116 pills containing fentanyl.
DEA officials said that agency had already seized $146,000 in cash, 10 firearms, 12 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.2 kilograms of powder fentanyl, 600 pressed fentanyl pills, 10 pounds of marijuana and 9 ounces of cocaine in their investigation.
FBI officials noted their investigations involved the GETROCK Task Force and involved many local agencies, including the Arkansas State Police & Department of Public Safety, as well as the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Jonesboro police departments. The bureau also received support from the ATF, Homeland Security, postal inspectors, the Arkansas National Guard and the State Crime Lab.
The DEA case was also a multi-agency effort, with the agency’s offices in Little Rock and Riverside, California, working with postal inspectors, the NLRPD, Benton Police Department and the Sherwood Police Department.
Federal prosecutors noted that the defendants in this case are presumed innocent until proven guilty.