Prosecuting attorney gives new details about large meth bust in Boone County, Arkansas

BOONE COUNTY, Ark. - The 14th Judicial District prosecuting attorney said the drug bust is the largest meth bust in the western district of Arkansas, and the second largest in the whole state.

Twenty-four people in Boone county were indicted, and $6.7 millions-worth of meth were taken off the streets.

"This last phase of the operation lasted a little over a year and a half, and this 149 pounds was part of this last phase of this investigation," said Chief Chris Graddy.

Sheriff Mike Moore said this was just one phase of a six-year investigation, and more than 100 people have been charged over that time period.

Law enforcement arrested three men in Boone County in April.

"At that time that location was raided, the methamphetamine was found, and those individuals were subsequently arrested inside of Boone County," said Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge.

Then in May a grand jury indicted 21 others in the Harrison area in connection with the large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy.

The prosecuting attorney said this bust would not be possible without the work of local law enforcement and the help of the federal government.

"Not only did we get this methamphetamine off the street, we took cash from the bad guys that'll be used to fight drugs, we took vehicles from the bad guys that'll be used to fight what's happened," Ethredge said.

He says the task force has evidence of where the drugs came from.

"The methamphetamine that's being dealt with by law enforcement today that we're prosecuting is not being made locally," Ethredge said. "It's being imported. We know from this particular case exactly how the traffic of this meth came in from this community: where it came out of Mexico, the line it took to get here."

"If anybody thinks we don't have a border crisis, they're ignorant. And it's not just a border crisis, it's a 50-state border crisis," Moore said.

And they have a warning.

"If they're selling drugs in Boone County, they're going to be next. They can count on it," Moore said.

The prosecuting attorney said there may be more to come with this investigation as it is ongoing.

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