(Blytheville, AR) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms made a huge take down Wednesday, charging 125 people in Arkansas and Missouri.
It was the product of a two-year investigation on drug and gun crimes.
The investigation is known as H.I.T.S. or High Intensity Trafficking Suppression. It started because of rising gun violence in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri.
They got 108 guns off the streets, many from the hands of convicted felons. Investigators also seized marijuana, crack cocaine and Meth. In one bust alone, agents discovered two kilograms of methamphetamine, which carried a street value of $300,000.
“When we can remove guns and the guns from the drug dealers and the other criminals who shouldn’t have them, inevitably the violence is going to go down,” said Christopher Thyer, the U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Arkansas. “It has got to go down. It should have a big impact on this community and on the boot heel of Missouri as well.”
Thyer says there is a growing need for local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to work together.
It’s what has put 94 of the 125 charged behind bars.
The rest are now on the run and considered fugitives.