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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Multiple Arrests Dismantle North Little Rock Drug Trafficking Organization

LITTLE ROCK—Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Justin C. King, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced the Tuesday morning arrests of 10 defendants who, along with two other defendants, were charged in a 26-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2018, and unsealed today.

The overall operation, led by the DEA, was part of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case “Wheelin’ and Dealin’,” which focused on the distribution of illegal drugs, including opioids and marijuana, in the North Little Rock area. Along with the 10 arrests Tuesday morning—including one in Clarkson, Washington—one defendant was already in state custody and one defendant was issued a summons to appear in court.

“The opioid epidemic has inflicted an unprecedented toll of addiction and suffering on communities throughout our nation,” Hiland said. “We recognize the Eastern District of Arkansas is not immune to this epidemic, and we will continue to work with the DEA and our law enforcement partners to aggressively pursue and prosecute those who illegally traffic these deadly substances.”

During the course of the investigation law enforcement agents utilized three court-authorized wiretaps, executed three search warrants, and made nine controlled buys and seizures. Agents seized nine firearms, 189 oxycodone pills, 187 alprazolam pills, 61 ecstasy pills, and several pounds of marijuana. The defendants were charged with violations of various drug and firearms laws.

“The arrests and seizures in this investigation are the direct result of outstanding partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement,” DEA ASAC King said. “DEA, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who threaten our communities through the smuggling and distribution of illegal and dangerous drugs such as prescription drugs and marijuana. The abuse of these drugs can have devastating health and societal effects and these arrests strike a significant blow to the illegal drug trafficking trade in this region.”

The indictment alleges that Michael B. Webb, Jr., directed a drug trafficking organization based in North Little Rock that was responsible for the distribution of marijuana, oxycodone, ecstasy, and alprazolam (Xanax) in Pulaski County and surrounding areas. The indictment further alleges that Terry W. Morrison, aka “T,” supplied Webb’s organization withmarijuana by shipping it through the U.S. mail from the state of Washington to central Arkansas.

“Arresting those who abuse the nation’s mail system by using it to transport illegal narcotics is one of Postal Inspectors’ top concerns,” said Thomas L. Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the Fort Worth Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and customers from the violence drug traffickers spread throughout the community. I would like to thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the many agencies involved for their hard work and dedication to this case.”

Those defendants arrested or served with a summons will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia S. Harris on Wednesday, for plea and arraignment, with the exception of Morrison, who will appear before a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Washington, in Spokane, on Wednesday. Webb, who is in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, will appear before a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas at a later date.

These cases were investigated by the DEA Little Rock District Office Tactical Diversion Squad composed of DEA agents and local task force officers. DEA was assisted by the North Little Rock Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, and Arkansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie Peters.

An indictment contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Defendants, Charges and Maximum Penalties


United States v. Michael B. Webb, Jr., et al.: 4:18CR00179 KGB

MICHAEL B. WEBB, JR., 29, North Little Rock, AR $
ROOSEVELT FRANKS, 48, North Little Rock, AR %
TEASHARA HARRISON, 30, North Little Rock, AR %
REGGIE HORTON, 28, Hot Springs, AR %
MICHAEL JAMES, aka WHITE MIKE, 31, Sherwood, AR %
TERRY W. MORRISON, aka T, 66, Clarkston, WA % @
GARRETT SHEETS, 27, North Little Rock, AR %
REGINALD SMITH, aka RED, 29, Stuttgart, AR %
FRANCES VIDAL, 52, North Little Rock, AR *
STACY VINCENT, aka STACY BOLDEN, 29, North Little Rock, AR %
JEREMY WEBB, 24, North Little Rock, AR %
CHANTES WILLIAMS, 38, Little Rock, AR %

% = arrested Tuesday, March 27, 2018
$ = Already in state custody
@ = Arrested in Clarkston, Washington
* = Served with summons to appear

STATUTORY SENTENCES

The offenses of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution/Possession with Intent to Distribute the Schedule I and II controlled substances identified in the indictment are punishable by not more than 20 years’ incarceration with a possible fine up to $1,000,000, and not less than 3 years’ supervised release.

The offenses of Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution/Possession with Intent to Distribute the Schedule IV controlled substance identified in the indictment is punishable by not more than 5 years’ incarceration with a possible fine up to $250,000, and not less than 1 year supervised release.

The offense of Felon in Possession of a Firearm is punishable by not more than 10 years’ incarceration with a possible file of up to $250,000, and not more than 3 years supervised release.

The offense of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime is punishable by not less than 5 years and up to life incarceration, consecutive to any other sentence, with a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 5 years supervised release.

The offense of Use of a Communications Facility in Commission of a Drug Trafficking Crime is punishable by not more than 4 years incarceration, a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 1 year supervised release.

The offense of Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments is punishable by not more than 20 years’ incarceration with a possible fine up to $500,000, and not less than 3 years’ supervised release.

The offense of Misprision of a Felony is punishable by not more than 3 years’ incarceration, with a possible fine of up to $250,000, and not more than 1 year supervised release.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated March 28, 2018