COPY-Alleged drug trafficker has court hearing in Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A man indicted on drug trafficking charges in an eastern Arkansas drug and corruption investigation has a hearing in federal court to change his plea.

Prosecutors say Sedrick Trice and a co-conspirator directed a drug ring that stored and prepared drugs in businesses, including a repair shop near a Helena-West Helena middle school.

Trice and the alleged co-conspirator both previously pleaded not guilty. Trice's hearing is set for Wednesday morning in Little Rock.

Trice is 1 of 70 people - including five law enforcement officers - who were indicted in an investigation called "Operation Delta Blues" that was announced in October. The probe focused on corruption and drugs in the Mississippi Delta town of Helena-West Helena.

Trice's attorney, Lisa Peters, declined to comment Tuesday evening.

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