49 charged in drug trafficking probes in Arkansas

The size of a potentially deadly dose of fentanyl (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Federal prosecutors say 49 people have been arrested in Arkansas this month for operating three fentanyl-trafficking operations, including one that directly led to the death of two people.

Federal prosecutors, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that 15 people were arrested Wednesday morning in the third major law enforcement operation this month aimed at disrupting the flow of the deadly drug.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday charged 23 people accused of participating in the drug trafficking organization, which largely operated out of west Little Rock.

Authorities say a woman found dead in August and another person who died last week were provided fentanyl by the organization.

Seventeen people were indicted on multiple drug and firearm offenses for another organization, and nine were charged in a third group.

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