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Press Release – GARLAND COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE (Deputy Prosecutor Trent Daniels)
“OPERATION ICE STORM”
Under the direction of Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence, Agents with the 18th East Judicial District Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, undertook a long-range investigation focusing on identifying individuals trafficking narcotics within Garland County. On September 27, 2017, in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety, James D. Anderson was arrested transporting 28 pounds of methamphetamine to Garland County for distribution. Also on September 27, 2017, the 18th East Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police and the Hot Springs Police Department Special Investigations Division arrested Josh Henderson and Tiffany Watson on numerous weapons and narcotic related charges. Based upon investigations, both Anderson and Henderson were members of the same narcotics distribution network here in Garland County.
On September 28, 2017 the 18th East Drug Task Force, along with the Garland County Sheriff’s Department, the Hot Springs Police Department, the Arkansas State Police and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations combined efforts and resources to arrest multiple individuals for various narcotics offenses related to this investigation. 35 total individuals face State or Federal charges related to this investigation and operation, which has been given the title of Operation Ice Storm.
Individuals arrested include: SHAVONNE BYRD, BERRANDA WALKER, JUAN LOPEZ, DAVID CRUZ, MARQUISE MOUTRY, HUNTER MIZE, JOSEPH THOMAS, REGGIE HORTON, BRANNON NIXON, KATLIN COLEMAN, CASEY SHEETS, WHITNEY BULLOCK, JOSHUA HENDERSON, TIFFANY WATSON, JAMES D ANDERSON, JASON C THRESHER, PAUL A SCAIFE, BRAD WIDENER, PHILLIP E STARLEY, ANDREA BURCIAGA, KEITH D LAWSON, JESSIE R EVANS, PHILLIP C HEFNER, DAVID B MAZZELLA, DORY ANN POWER-MCCRAW, TIMOTHY JEFFCOAT, KRISTEN MAHAN
Outstanding State Warrants are active for the following individuals who were not apprehended and arrested on September 28, 2017:
JAMES HILL, NATHAN DAVID, TERRY L CARTER, CASEY SHEETS, TAMARA EDWARDS, SARAH BEATY, SHAWN TAYLOR, JOSH CAMPBELL
An outstanding Federal Warrant is active for the following individual who was not apprehended and arrested on September 28, 2017:
Agents have seized over 30 lbs pounds of methamphetamine, 2 ounces of powder cocaine, 31 ecstasy pills, 141 controlled pharmaceuticals and 17 firearms (seized from prior convicted felons who are prohibited by law from possessing firearms) during Operation Ice Storm. A temporary Restraining Order was executed at one location in Hot Springs. The resident of 510 Stover St, Timothy Jeffcoat, was temporary evicted and also faces numerous narcotic related charges. The residence was subsequently boarded by the City of Hot Springs.
The Hot Springs Police Department SWAT Team and the Garland County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Response Teams were utilized to assist with each arrest. Additionally, deputies from the Garland County Detention Facility were on scene to assist in the transport and in the hours of processing necessary for the individuals taken into custody.
No further information will be released at this time due to ongoing criminal investigations and 18th East Judicial District Drug Task Force the prosecution of the aforementioned individuals.
The 18th East Judicial District Drug Task Force is comprised of Investigators from the Arkansas State Police, Garland County Sheriff’s Office, Hot Springs Police Department, 18th East Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.