Camden Drug Sweep Nabs 24-People


CAMDEN, AR. - A drug-sweep in Camden, AR. has lead to the arrest of two dozen people.

Early Thursday morning, a police task force set out to take drugs off of Camden, Arkansas streets during “Operation-Frostbite”.

“This has been a two-year investigation,” said Camden Chief of Police, William O’Keefe.  He believes street level dealers are just as dangerous as the large suppliers.

“It’s like a pyramid, it just spreads out.  Our goal is to try and get to those who are supplying the drugs to our people in the streets, kids, and it’s causing all sorts of problems for families.”

He says the seventeen agencies worked as one, ultimately nabbing twenty-four out of forty people they were looking for.   

“They've done a great job, and worked together as a team,” adds O’Keefe. “We at least succeed with what we had and who we were able to make contact with."

Lead prosecutor, David Butler says jail time will depend on prior records and the amount of drugs seized at the time.

“You have anywhere from going to drug-court, to boot camp, to drug rehab to up life in prison so, there’s a smorgasbord of sentences,” says Butler. He adds that Thursday’s busts are likely linked to big time drug suppliers. 

“It always is. The drugs are not manufactured here in Camden, or Ouachita County, so they’re all part of coming from someplace else.”

Although “Operation-Frostbite” has already taken thousands of dollars worth of drugs off of the streets in Camden, officers tell us this investigation is ongoing. 

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