Two Pine Bluff men who were being sought by federal authorities in connection with drug related charges were taken into custody without incident Friday by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputies.
Two Pine Bluff men who were being sought by federal authorities in connection with drug related charges were taken into custody without incident Friday by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Donta Stokes, 34, and Tamario Washington, 29, were turned over to the U.S. Marshal’s Service at Little Rock for processing and arraignment in federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Stokes and Washington were among 24 people indicted by a federal grand jury at Little Rock earlier this month stemming from a nearly three-year investigation into a major drug trafficking ring operating out of Pine Bluff.
Federal, state and local law enforcement officers served arrest warrants on many of the suspects Thursday, along with 10 people charged in state court, but were unable to locate Stokes and Washington.
Woods said at about 8 a.m. Friday, deputies received information that Stokes was possibly hiding at 2303 Woodlawn, Apt. 22-G, and when deputies arrived at that location, they found Stokes standing on the balcony in front of the apartment. He was arrested at about 8:20 a.m.
Federal authorities had charged Stokes with possession with intent to deliver.
Shortly after Stokes was taken into custody, Woods said deputies received information about Washington’s whereabouts, and at about 10 a.m., Washington walked into the sheriff’s office accompanied by a relative and surrendered.
Washington was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine by federal authorities.