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    Ark. city finds quiet, hope after drug arrests

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    Helena-West Helena, Ark. (AP) - Residents in Helena-West Helena knew
    something was up as drug dealing and violent crimes crept into
    their isolated Mississippi River city.

    But few bothered calling for help as gunfire rang out because of mistrust toward police.
    Then, hundreds of law enforcement officers swarmed the Arkansas
    city last week as part of a four-year federal investigation dubbed
    "Operation Delta Blues."
    They arrested dozens of people, including five law enforcement
    officers accused of taking bribes to ignore and sometimes help drug
    traffickers.
    Since the arrests, people in Helena-West Helena say the gunfire
    has quieted down. But some wonder if they're only seeing a short
    break from the noise and violence.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

     

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