Federal Tri-State Drug Probe Reaches into Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas

NOVEMBER 9, 2004 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The FBI says it's arrested eight people in Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas after an 18-month investigation into illegal drug trafficking.  An FBI news release said a total of ten people were named in a multi-count indictment issued by a federal grand jury at Little Rock.  The release said two of those charged in the indictment were already in custody facing other federal charges.

The FBI said charges in the indictment include distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, heroin and marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in connection with drug trafficking, and witness intimidation.  The indictment also seeks forfeiture of assets connected with the drug trafficking.

The FBI identified those arrested at Little Rock as 49-year-old Gary Godley, 48-year-old Leana Godley, 25-year-old Robert E. Hart, and 28-year-old Lasommer Johnson.

The agency said 41-year-old Derek Isaac Allmon, Sr. and 27-year-old Shawnte Ellis Robinson were arrested at Memphis, and two people were arrested at Dallas...33-year-old Segifredo Silva and 27-year-old Shahidah Salaam.

Named in the indictment but already in custody were 32-year-old Damon Guthrie and 29-year-old Bobby Hart.  The release said the U.S. attorney's office at Little Rock will prosecute all ten.

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