If you drive east of Memphis for about an hour and a half on Interstate 40, you will come to Jackson. The seventh largest city in Tennessee, Jackson was recently the site where four suspects were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine.
A federal prosecutor said that the arrests were the culmination of a two-year investigation that included more than 100 agents from more than a dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
“The indictment contains counts alleging violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act and the money laundering statute,” United States Attorney Michael Dunavant of the Western District of Tennessee said.
Officials claim that the drug trafficking operation is headed by Calvin “Fat Head” Cole. He was arrested during the raids, along with three men alleged to be part of his organization.
Dunavant said that the prosecution's approach extends beyond indictment and arrest. It also includes "asset seizure and forfeiture of criminal proceeds and ill-gotten gains,” he said.
More than 100 law enforcement officers served 13 search warrants at the same time, officials said. The agents seized 280 grams of crack cocaine, as well as more than $300,000 in cash, weapons and vehicles.
It is always clear in cases such as this one that everything is on the line for the suspects, beginning first and foremost with their freedom. If you face drug trafficking charges, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney before discussing the allegations or evidence with a prosecutor or other law enforcement officials.