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    • Herman Eaton
    • Marlene Kalb
    • Robert Wahls
    • Winston Jackson
        

    ATTACHMENT 1 STATUTORY SENTENCES

    Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of crack cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 carries a possible punishment of no less than ten years and up to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10 million.

    Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846 carries a possible punishment of no less than five and up to forty years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5 million.

    Distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 280 grams of crack cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) carries a possible punishment of no less than ten years and up to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10 million.

    Distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 28 grams of crack cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) carries a possible punishment of no less than five and up to forty years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5 million.

    Distribution and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine less than 500 grams or quantity of crack cocaine less than 28 grams in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1) carries a penalty of not more than twenty years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $1 million. An attempt to commit these crimes carries the same penalties.

    The use of a communication facility (telephone) in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 843(b) carries a possible punishment of up to four years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.

    Maintaining a drug-involved premises in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 856 carries a possible punishment of up to twenty years imprisonment, and up to a $500,000 fine.

    Distribution or manufacturing of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 860 carries a possible punishment of up to life imprisonment, and up to a $20 million fine.

    The possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) carries a possible punishment of no less than five years and up to life imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.

    Possession of a firearm by a felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), and disposing of a firearm to a felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(d), carry a possible punishment of not more than ten years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.

    An attempted violation of the Hobbs Act in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a) carries a possible punishment of not more than 20 years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.

    Money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)(A) carries a possible punishment of not more than 20 years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.

    Misprision of a felony carries a possible punishment of not more than three years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today's THV has learned that a significant number of indictments and arrests have been made in Helena-West Helena, including several law enforcement officers.

    FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack tells The Associated Press that dozens of people were arrested Tuesday morning, with more indicted in a four year long investigation called what Arkansas Business is reporting as "Operation Delta Blues."

    We have learned that five police officers were among those arrested for what we are told is protecting drugs crossing state lines into Arkansas. The drugs involved are meth, crack and marijuana.

    The officers involved are Robert Rogers, Marlene Kalb (PDF) with the Helena West-Helena police are charged with attempted racketeering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering.

    Herman Eaton(PDF) also with the HWHPD is also charged with attempted racketeering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and money laundering. 

    Robert Wahls (PDF) is charged with attempted racketeering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. Wahls moved to the area approximately one month ago and worked for the Helena-West Helena police chief.

    And Officer Winston Dean Jackson is charged in other indictments.

    Authorities are processing the suspects at the airport. Some of those indicted in the investigation are being transported to Little Rock to appear in federal court.

    Authorities now say 51 of 70 people indicted are in custody including the five police officers. Agents are still out executing warrants and serving subpoenas. They say 14 are still fugitives.

    All seven of the indictments include charges of possession with intent to distribute an excess of 5 kilograms of a mixture containing cocaine, 280 grams of marijuana and 100 kilograms of crack cocaine.

    Also drug paraphernalia, measuring items, cell phones and other items were listed as well.

    In Arkansas, a kilo of cocaine can cost between $18,000 and $24,000 and a pound of marijuana can be worth $750.

    The indictments are as follows:
    United States v. Trice, et al., Case No. 4:11CR209 JLH, pending before U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes.
    United States v. Colbert, et al., Case No. 4:11CR210 JMM, pending before U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody.
    United States v. Turner, et al., Case No. 4:11CR211 JMM, pending before U.S. District Court Judge James M. Moody.
    United States v. Hughes, et al., Case No. 4:11CR212 JLH, pending before U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes.
    United States v. Eaton, Case No. 4:11CR213 JLH, pending before U.S. District Court Judge J. Leon Holmes.
    United States v. Rogers, et al., Case No. 4:11CR214 BSM, pending before U.S. District Court Judge Brian S. Miller.
    United States v. Wahls, Case No. 4:11CR215 BRW, pending before U.S. District Court Judge Bill Wilson.

    One agent was grazed in the leg in a shooting at one arrest.

    The FBI says their investigation remains ongoing and they encourage anyone with information to call our Public Corruption Hotline at 501-221-8200 or email: Little.Rock@ic.fbi.gov.

    The conference will be held at the Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center in the Community Room.

    Several different law enforcement agencies are investigating including the United States Attorney, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service and the Arkansas State Police are all involved with the investigation.

    There are more arrests expected in this case as it is an ongoing investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office will not provide Today's THV with any other details.

    THV's Pam Baccam is following this story and we will have the latest as information develops right here on todaysthv.com.

    (Source: U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Ark., The Associated Press, CBS News)

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