2 Little Rock men arrested in federal drug case

Sadye Matula

Two Tiny Rock males indicted last 12 months on federal drug conspiracy fees have been arrested, in accordance to a news launch from the U.S. attorney’s workplace in Minimal Rock. The release stated that Richard Smith, 48, and Enrique Salazar-Pacheco, 22, who were being charged by a federal grand jury […]

Two Tiny Rock males indicted last 12 months on federal drug conspiracy fees have been arrested, in accordance to a news launch from the U.S. attorney’s workplace in Minimal Rock.

The release stated that Richard Smith, 48, and Enrique Salazar-Pacheco, 22, who were being charged by a federal grand jury in an indictment handed up on Dec. 8, 2021, were being taken into custody Wednesday.

In November, the launch claimed, two federal officers had been conducting surveillance as part of an ongoing investigation into a methamphetamine trafficking firm that concerned Smith and Salazar-Pacheco. As the brokers were being trying to depart the rural region, a male later identified as Jackie Davidson, 50, of Woodson, exited the wood line and fired many shots at them, striking their car or truck several situations.

The indictment prices Smith, Salazar-Pacheco, and 3 many others with different methamphetamine and firearms expenses. Smith, Salazar-Pacheco, and Abelardo Gonzalez, 46, of Woodson, are billed with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or much more of a methamphetamine mixture. Smith and Salazar-Pacheco are also individually billed with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and Gonzalez is charged with remaining an unlawful person of a controlled material in possession of a firearm. Salazar-Pacheco is also billed with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking criminal offense.

Davidson is charged with using a firearm to assault two federal brokers, working with a firearm for the duration of a crime of violence and attempted murder of federal officers. Jose Alonso Mena Moreno, 43, of Woodson, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with being illegally current in the United States.

The investigation, the launch claimed, is section of Operation “Central Sweep,” a joint operation among the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcoholic beverages Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Central Arkansas Drug Endeavor Pressure, Searcy Police Section and White County Sheriff’s business with help from the Little Rock Police Division to disrupt the move of medications shifting into White County from Little Rock and other locations.

Searcy Police Chief Steve Hernandez said arrests in the operation have been produced equally at the community level in White County as effectively as further than the county line in making an attempt to shut off the drug supply to the area.

“Criminals do not comply with metropolis limit boundaries,” Hernandez mentioned in the launch, “so we recognized the supply of these narcotics in Southwest Small Rock where by all those who have been providing narcotics to citizens of Searcy ended up taken off the streets.”

Because July 2020, the release said, legislation enforcement officers have seized over 300 lbs of methamphetamine, nearly six pounds of fentanyl, 2½ pounds of cocaine, 24,000 counterfeit Oxycodone tablets laced with fentanyl, 84 firearms and have created a overall of 66 state and federal arrests like members of the Gangster Disciples and the CJNG Cartel.

In an original appearance Friday in advance of U.S. Magistrate Decide Joe Volpe, Salazar-Pacheco pleaded innocent to the fees and was purchased detained pending a bond listening to. Adam Joseph Childers of Bryant was appointed to depict him in the circumstance.

Volpe appointed Efrem Neely Sr. of Pine Bluff to represent Smith, who he purchased detained on a parole maintain.

Gonzalez, Moreno and Davidson are at this time staying held in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Support, according to court docket data.

Assistant U.S. Legal professional Stephanie Mazzanti is prosecuting the situation.

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