Representatives of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s office, the DEA and numerous other agencies were on hand today in Conway to announce indictments and arrests of “numerous individuals” in two big drug trafficking cases out of Conway and Jonesboro, known as Operation Pied Piper and Operation Ice Princess respectively.
In the 27-count “Pied Piper” indictment in the Conway case, law enforcement said that suspect Marcelino Ahumada-Vargas ran a high volume meth operation out of Conway involving several others who had entered the country illegally. In a series of arrests, law enforcement seized over four pounds of meth, $16,000 in cash, powder cocaine, vehicles and a number of weapons, including assault rifles and a sawed-off shotgun.
The “Ice Princess” indictments are related to a Jonesboro-based smuggling operation that officials say distributed cocaine and meth through cells in Independence, White, Faulkner, Craighead and Van Buren Counties, moving
“multiple pounds of methamphetamine ice, as well as multi-kilogram quantities of powder cocaine.”
The full release with details of the investigations and indictments from U.S. Attorney Jane Duke is on the jump…