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WEST MEMPHIS ARRESTS TAKE VIOLENT DRUG DEALERS OFF THE STREETS

November 18, 2013

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; along with Howard S. Marshall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Colonel Stan Witt, Arkansas State Police; and Chief Donald Oakes, West Memphis Police Department; announced today that on November 6, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a twenty-five count indictment charging twenty individuals in Crittenden County with participating in a drug conspiracy and firearms offenses.

“I made a commitment to the Arkansas Delta law enforcement to work side-by-side with them to take violent drug dealers off their streets,” stated Thyer. “The arrests this morning were the result of a coordinated effort with the West Memphis Police Department. When we work together, we will make a difference for the citizens of Eastern Arkansas.”

“Today's arrests in Operation Delta Crossroads are intended to reiterate the strong message to gang members and other criminals who pose the greatest threat of violence to the safety and security of those who live and work in Eastern Arkansas," stated Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Howard S. Marshall. "We are here, we are working together, and we are committed to dismantling and disrupting your illegal operations.”

“With the arrests made this morning we took a big step in the fight against drugs and violence it in our community, and it is a great example of what can be accomplished when Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement cooperate for a common goal.”

The charges stem from a state and federal Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation operationally dubbed "Delta Crossroads." The investigation, which primarily focused on drug trafficking in West Memphis, was initiated by the FBI at the request of the West Memphis Police Department, which assisted extensively with the investigation. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement utilized three court-authorized wiretaps, during which hundreds of calls pertaining to cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking and firearms offenses were intercepted.

Defendants arrested in a round-up conducted by the FBI, ASP, and West Memphis Police Department, on November 18, 2013 will appear before United States Magistrate Judge Joseph J. Volpe for Plea and Arraignment on November 19, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The remaining defendants will appear for Plea and Arraignment on a later date. The case, 4:13CR00329 BSM, is pending before U.S. District Chief Judge Brian S. Miller.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Attorney=s Office, FBI, ASP, and West Memphis Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie Peters.

An indictment contains only allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

See attachment for specific information on individual defendants.

Delta Crossroads

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Statutory Sentences

Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than five hundred grams of mixtures containing cocaine and more than twenty-eight grams of mixtures containing cocaine base, commonly known as crack cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. ' 846 carries a possible punishment of no less than five years and up to forty imprisonment, a fine of up to $5 million, and not less than four years and up to life supervised release.

Possession with intent to distribute cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. ' 841(a)(1) carries a possible punishment up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1 million, and not less than three years and up to life supervised release.

Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. ' 841(a)(1) carries a possible punishment up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $1 million, and not less than three years and up to life supervised release.

The use of a telephone in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 carries a possible punishment of up to four years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to one year supervised release.

The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of 18 U.S.C. ' 924(c) carries a possible punishment of no less than five years and up to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to five years supervised release.

Osiel Acuna-Perez
age 34
(BOP Custody) Memphis, TN
Demetreuis Barrett
age 30
West Memphis, AR
Brandon Bohannon
age 29
West Memphis, AR
Brent Bohannon
age 21
West Memphis, AR
Willie Brown
age 35
West Memphis, AR
Willie Cooper
age 50
West Memphis, AR
David Edwards
age 28
Olive Branch, MS
Wendell Glenn
age 27
West Memphis, AR
David Green
age 25
West Memphis, AR
Delvin Green
age 23
West Memphis, AR
Courtney Hamilton
age 23
West Memphis, AR
John Hayes
age 48
Houston, TX
Rafael McDaniel
age 31
West Memphis, AR
Michael McDonald
age 27
West Memphis, AR
Gregory Miller
age 34
(BOP Custody) Memphis, TN
Deloricko Prewitt
age 32
West Memphis, AR
Detarious Robinson
age 21
West Memphis, AR
Dominique Robinson
age 31
West Memphis, AR
Jesse Robinson
age 23
West Memphis, AR
Ronnie Sanes
age 33
West Memphis, AR

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