Edged Spear: 29 arrested during multi-agency operation

Thursday, August 13, 2020
A property on U.S. Highway 62 between Berryville and Green Forest was among those involved in Operation Edged Spear.
Photo courtesy of Carroll County Sheriff’s Office

Lovely County Citizen

A total of 29 people were arrested on federal and state as part of a three-day operation aimed at disrupting a major drug trafficking ring in Northwest Arkansas last week, and Carroll County was front and center.

On the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 6, deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement personnel conducted a raid at a property along U.S. Highway 62 east of Berryville. A dozen or more law enforcement vehicles could be seen parked in front of the property and local residents reported seeing a helicopter circling overhead.

A news release says the operation, dunned Operation Edged Spear, was the result of an investigation that began in 2017. The operation was led by a Homeland Security Investigations task force that included officers from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the Berryville Police Department and the Eureka Springs Police Department. In addition to the 29 arrests, the release says the operation resulted in the seizure of multiple firearms, cash, and controlled substances including fentanyl, methamphetamine, marijuana and other opioids.

“As stated when running for Sheriff of Carroll County, I will uphold the law and keep the peace,” Carroll County Sheriff Jim Ross says in the release. “In doing so, one of my primary concerns was the rampant illegal drugs throughout this county. I have taken every opportunity to work with our law enforcement partners within and outside our county borders. I am extremely proud of my deputies and every police officer that has worked tirelessly over the past year to bring this operation to fruition. Together, we are making a difference for the citizens of Carroll County. No longer will drug users and dealers see Carroll County as a safe haven. We know who you are, and we are coming for you.”

The individuals arrested during the operation will be prosecuted in the Western District of Arkansas, the news release says.

The news release says the operation was supported by the Eureka Springs Police Department, Rogers Police Department, Bentonville Police Department. U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Green Forest Police Department, Pea Ridge Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Parole and Probation, Bella Vista Police Department, Siloam Springs Police Department and the 14th Judicial Task Force.

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    Excellent work to all the law enforcement officials involved. Thank you for what you do.

    -- Posted by badeyes on Sat, Aug 15, 2020, at 2:13 PM
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