65 Arrested in NEA Meth Distribution Ring

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A three-year investigation into an alleged methamphetamine ring in northeast Arkansas that distributed the drug from Mexico to cities in at least four other states has resulted in the arrests of more than 65 people.

Jane Duke, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said the meth had a purity level of greater than 80 percent and was shipped to hubs in Arkansas before distribution to hubs in Dallas, Phoenix and San Diego to the Batesville area, before distribution to cities including Memphis, Kansas City, Des Moines (Iowa) and Indianapolis.

The operation was dubbed "Tienda Hielo" or "Ice Store."

Region 8 News Reporter Will Carter will have more on this developing story tonight on Region 8 News at Six.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)