Blytheville business may lose license for illegal drug and gun activities

Blytheville business may lose license for illegal drug and gun activities

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Blytheville businesses targeted in Operation Blynd Justus could lose city business licenses.

According to minutes from the police and fire committee meeting Monday, several undisclosed business in the city were involved in the illegal drug and gun raid conducted by the FBI this summer.

The FBI, along with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Office and Blytheville Police Department, indicted 70 individuals during the operation.

Now the police department is asking the council to revoke business licenses of several shops that were involved.

All members at the meeting agreed this was the appropriate step to help rid the city of illegal activity.

Region 8 spoke with several downtown business owners to get their reactions to this type of activity going on within the city businesses.

Many said the goal of a business is to promote positivity in the community.

"It is our goal to make this area safe, clean and a fun place for everyone to come and shop locally," said Lori Hixson, co-owner of Me and My Sister.

The downtown business owners also want their customers to feel safe.

"And by safe I mean that anyone should be able to walk up and down the street even in the evenings and feel comfortable in that space," said Chris Crawley, owner of That Bookstore in Blytheville.

Some owners said they feel a certain responsibility to be an upstanding citizen within the community.

"It's important to us to keep the street and the community safe for for ourselves and our children," said Beverly Rogers, co-owner of Day's. "If we are going to add to this community we have to set the standard, we have to be the role models."

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