A federal task force arrested 13 people as part of a drug ring based in McAlmont.
The investigation was dubbed, “Operation Hartbreak Kid” and was named for Derrick Hart, 27, North Little Rock.
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Hart and the others are accused of operating a methamphetamine and cocaine distribution ring that was based in McAlmont and the investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration began in December 2020, a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Little Rock said.
The task force was made up of DEA agents, investigators from the Post Office, United States Marshals Service, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Community Corrections, Lonoke and Pulaski County Sheriff’s offices and police departments from North Little Rock, Lonoke, Little Rock and Jacksonville Police Department.
The DEA said Hart and Tetus Jenkins, 43, North Little Rock, “were identified as the sources of supply to more than eight other individuals.”
Undercover agents purchased two pounds of meth as part of the investyigation, then later seized another pound of meth when search warrants were used on Tuesday.
The drug ring operated from the parking lot at the corner of Zinnia Street and Cotton Road in McAlmont, as well as a club at 410 Mimosa St.
Those arrested include Hart and Jenkins as well as, among others:
Justin Cross, 29, of North Little Rock
Jonathan Dunigan, 23, of Austin
Andre Graves, 44, of Little Rock
Bianca Lavonda, 33, of North Little Rock
Prince Strong, 37, of Jacksonville
Steven Taylor, 64, of Jacksonville
Daniel White, 34, of North Little Rock
Dayton Wiggins Jr., 47, of Jacksonville.
In addition to those arrested on Tuesday, seven others have been charged and arrested in separate indictments.