The lyrics to Gangsta L’s “Money Don’t Sleep” get right to the point. “The money is calling. No time for distractions. You’re only as good as your last transaction.”
Federal law enforcement officials used the track’s title for the name of the enforcement operation carried out in West Memphis. Fifty arrest warrants were obtained on a variety of drug charges and alleged weapons violations. Twenty-seven arrests were made; 11 suspects were already in custody. Thirteen suspects are still being sought, officials said.
Acting United States Attorney Patrick C. Harris said the charges contained in the arrest warrants include the following:
- Distribution of methamphetamine
- Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth
- Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine
- Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine
- Possession with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine
- Distribution of crack cocaine and cocaine
- Use of a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Felon in possession of ammunition
- Selling of a firearm to a felon
- Theft of mail by a United States Postal Service employee
According to Harris, more than 300 federal and local law enforcement officers swept West Memphis neighborhoods in making the arrests.
A federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent characterized some of those arrested as “the biggest and baddest” in West Memphis drug-trafficking. He said many of those arrested are suspected violent gang members.
You can protect your rights and freedom by speaking with a Memphis attorney experienced in drug defense before talking to police or prosecutors.