Osceola drug roundup nets 8 suspects

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - Authorities have arrested several people during a drug roundup in Osceola.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington, along with Mississippi Co. Sheriff Dale Cook and Osceola Police Chief David Gladden, named eight suspects in a news release Wednesday.

The arrests are part of a four-month-long investigation into the sale of controlled substances in Osceola.

The Osceola Police Department and the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department received several calls concerning drugs in the town.

"So, the drug task force focused their attention on the City of Osceola to work in remedies removing some of the blight that has caused so much havoc in this city with the sale of drugs," Ellington said.

An Osceola resident, who wanted his identity screened, said this operation did a lot of good for the place he calls home.

"We've been having killings over these drugs and robberies," the resident said. "By them starting to get them off the streets, it makes it look good that they are out here working to clean this up. It feels good."

The following are the suspects involved and their charges:

  • Frank Garth, 38, of Osceola- three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
  • Jessie Knighten, 52, Osceola-delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).
  • Robert Jones Jr., 22, Osceola-delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).
  • Dewayne Elliott, 55, of Osceola-delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).
  • Bernice Salter, 35, of Osceola- two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).
  • Anthony Harris, 32, Osceola-tampering with physical evidence.
  • Antwann Harris, 33, Osceola-possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and fleeing.
  • Still wanted: Quantarious Thompson, 24, Osceola- two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine).

Garth Is currently in federal custody. He was previously indicted as part of Operation Blynd Justus in Aug. 2015 and was on pre-trial release when the current operation happened.

Agents with the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force made controlled purchases of cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine, according to the news release. The operation targeted suspects with previous felony convictions.

Agents bought quantities of drugs ranging from half a gram to half an ounce.

"We've got to spend some time, it's one thing to do these big operations with the federal government but you need in on our cities and people in our communities and the problems that we have here," Ellington said.

On Wednesday Ellington said there will be more arrests made.

Each suspect arrested on Wednesday were bound over to Mississippi County Circuit Court and given bonds. They are expected back in court on January 30.

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