Eight plead not guilty in federal, state drug bust in Jonesboro

Seven arrested in federal, state drug bust in Jonesboro

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The eight people arrested in connection with a federal and state drug bust earlier this week in Jonesboro have appeared in federal court, with an initial trial date now set.

According to federal court records, the eight people arrested before a federal magistrate Thursday in Little Rock.

The large-scale drug investigation netted the arrests of seven people Wednesday, along with more than five pounds of meth and six firearms, according to federal authorities.

According to a media release from the United States Attorney’s Office in Little Rock, authorities arrested Eiichi Moore, 41, of Jonesboro and two other people - Lakendra Thomas, 27, and Jullian Woods, 33, both of Jonesboro Wednesday.

Lakendra Samon Johnson, 27, Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by authorities into a drug conspiracy.
Lakendra Samon Johnson, 27, Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by authorities into a drug conspiracy. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jullian Woods, 33, Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by federal authorities.
Jullian Woods, 33, Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by federal authorities. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

Authorities said the three were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth as well as distribution of meth.

Officials went to Moore’s home Wednesday morning to make the arrest, the media release noted.

“During this morning’s arrests, police announced their presence at Moore’s resident and immediately heard shots fired from inside the home. Officers confirmed that Moore fired the shots while he and Thomas were in the master bedroom. Moore fired towards the living room, where minor children were sleeping,” officials said in the media release.

No one was hurt.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors also requested an order of temporary detention for Moore.

“The Government is seeking detention in this matter, and Defendant requested a bond hearing within the next two weeks. The parties shall contact the Courtroom Deputy to schedule the hearing. Accordingly, the Defendant is temporarily detained in the custody of the United States Marshal pending the hearing,” the order, signed by federal Magistrate Jerome Kearney, noted.

Also arrested were Alva Turner, 42, who is charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute; Lawrence Cannon, 49, who was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; Mike Crockett, 31, who was charged with distribution of meth; and Percy Law Jr., 39, who was charged with possession of cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and three counts of distribution of meth, federal officials said.

In the court paperwork, officials announced the name of the eighth person in the case - Cordero C. Harris, 32, of Jonesboro. Harris was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute meth and distribution of meth.

Alva Turner, 42, of Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday after a federal investigation into a drug conspiracy in Jonesboro.
Alva Turner, 42, of Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday after a federal investigation into a drug conspiracy in Jonesboro. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Mike Crockett, 31, Jonesboro was arrested after an investigation by federal and state authorities into a drug conspiracy in Jonesboro.
Mike Crockett, 31, Jonesboro was arrested after an investigation by federal and state authorities into a drug conspiracy in Jonesboro. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Percy Law Jr., 39, Marked Tree was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by federal and state authorities.
Percy Law Jr., 39, Marked Tree was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by federal and state authorities. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

Investigation

In total, officials said eight people were indicted by a federal grand jury in the case. Moore was the reported ringleader in the case and is considered to be a known member of the Crip gang, officials said.

Officials said they have seized nearly 12 pounds of meth and 31 guns in the investigation, which is still ongoing.

The investigation was started in March 2016 by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, which helped discover the drugs and weapons.

Authorities said the investigation was wide-scale and discovered several things.

“Five pounds of methamphetamine has a street value ranging from $35,000 to $50,000. From these defendants, officers also seized six firearms, one of which was a semi-automatic firearm with an extended capacity magazine to hold extra ammunition, as well as cocaine and various drug paraphernalia. Four of the firearms, including an AR-15; numerous additional magazines, some with extended capacity; and over $35,000 in cash, were seized as part of today’s arrests,” officials said in the release.

The investigation was done by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Arkansas State Police, Jonesboro police, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office and the 2nd Judicial District Task Force.

All eight people arrested in the case will appear Feb. 24 in federal court in Jonesboro.

Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.

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