Little Rock, Ark. — A major cocaine and crack cocaine ring operating out of North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County has been busted up and its leader Hector Delgado of McAllen, Tex., his number two man Wilmer Geovani Fuentes-Ramos and 21 others from the Little Rock area have been arrested.
This announcement came Monday after arrests following an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Little Rock District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the North Little Rock Police Department and others. Federal indictments of the drug ring and its leaders were handed down April 2.
The ring had been selling cocaine and crack cocaine. Weekly sales of cocaine from 2012 through 2013 in Little Rock were estimated at 8 to 10 kilograms with a street value of $248,000 to $310,000.
When the ring was arrested authorities seized $142,000 in cash, assets valued at $11,000, more than 10 kilos of cocaine, 11 ounces of crack cocaine, street value of $13,200, 11 vehicles and 11 firearms.
Members of the drug ring operated out of locations in rural Saline County, Little Rock, and North Little Rock. Authorities said Delgado and Fuentes-Ramos operated out of Saline County and distributors in Little Rock included Roosevelt Martin, Robert Young Jr. who moved the product through Tellys Clemmons, Mantrel Young, Ivory Johnson and Harold Allen Jr. of North Little Rock. The cocaine was also distributed to Tyrone Washington who converted it to crack cocaine and distributed it from a residence in the Vestal Park area of North Little Rock.
Commenting on the arrests U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said “my office will continue to dismantle these drug operations in our neighborhoods. Getting these career criminals off the streets is one of the highest priorities in this office. We will prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law to take back our neighborhoods for the law abiding citizens.” According to authorities the investigation got underway after citizen complaints of drug trafficking at several locations around 16th and 18th streets west of Pike Ave.
Residents are urged to alert authorities of drug related problems in their neighborhoods in an effort to clean up the areas.
Those taking part in the investigation that led to this bust include: North Little Rock P. D., DEA, Little Rock HIDTA, Pulaski Co. Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff, Benton P.D. Arkansas State Police. As well as U.S. Marshall Service, Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Explosives, Arkansas National Guard, Little Rock P.D., Bryant P.D., Jacksonville P.D. and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.