JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Osceola man was one of the last two people arrested Thursday in a months-long federal investigation.
During an early-morning operation, investigators arrested 27-year-old Derrico Dashawn Davis and 41-year-old Nakia Dejuan Mondy.
They joined several other already in custody, including Marvis Ballard, 31, and Patrick Barrett, 22, who were arrested Wednesday.
Police arrested Orlando D. Ingram, 45; Marvin Meux, 43; and Burt Calvin Neely, 29, on Friday, June 24.
All of the defendants are from West Memphis except Davis, who is from Osceola.
The suspects are charged with being felons in possession of firearms.
"These individuals are among the most dangerous members of their community," said Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. "Removing them and their guns from the streets was a top priority."
According to a news release from Thyer's office, Ingram was the leader of the Gangster Disciples gang in West Memphis and Meux was a "high-ranking member."
The eight defendants had previously been convicted on charges including first-degree murder, robbery, residential burglary, sale of a controlled substance, and aggravated assault.
In addition to the arrests, Thyer said investigators also seized an assault rifle, one rifle, seven handguns, and multiple extended ammunition magazines.
Thyer credited the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), West Memphis Police Department, Crittenden County Sheriff's Office, Osceola Police Department, Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, Jonesboro Police Department, Shelby County Multi-Agency Gang Unit, and the Memphis Police Department in the investigation and prosecution of the case.
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