Beebe PD Case Prompts Federal Indictments on 12 Gang Members

Jul 20th, 2017 | By | Category: News and Features

In the early morning hours of February 25, 2016, four individuals from Houston, Texas burglarized the Health-Way Pharmacy in Beebe, Arkansas. On December 7, 2016, the four were charged in an indictment in the Eastern District of Arkansas with conspiracy to break in a business premises registered with the DEA to dispense controlled substances, under Title 18, United States Code, Section 2118(b) and (d). Following the arrest of the initial four defendants, an ongoing investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Little Rock District Office (LRDO) Tactical Diversion Squad uncovered a network of individuals who were traveling the interstate committing pharmacy burglaries. During the investigation, DEA LRDO canvased law enforcement agencies in nearby states for similar pharmacy burglaries, and developed evidence linking eight additional defendants to the defendants involved in the Health-Way Pharmacy burglary in Beebe, Arkansas. Physical and electronic evidence from numerous burglaries in 10 states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, Texas showed that the individuals involved were members of local street gangs in the Houston, Texas area. The number of controlled substances stolen during these burglaries was approximately 120,000 schedule 2 pills, with a street value of over one million dollars. On July 6, 2017, a superseding indictment was returned in the Eastern District of Arkansas charging the identified gang members with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances under Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and 846. Through the course of the investigation, multiple federal, state, and local agencies assisted DEA in the investigation, including FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, Arkansas State Police, Beebe PD, Benton PD, Conway PD, Fayetteville PD, Jonesboro PD, Little Rock PD, Lonoke County SO, North Little Rock PD, and Rogers PD. Over 20 other agencies from across the country also assisted in the investigation, including Houston, Texas PD and Texas Department of Public Safety. The quick response by the Beebe police officers to the alarm call at Health-Way Pharmacy on the morning of February 25, 2016, and the ongoing work of Beebe Detective Robert Puckett, who has been attached to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Little Rock for the last three years and was the lead case agent, was instrumental in the arrest of the gang members. Detective Puckett will be rejoining the Beebe Police Department on July 24, 2017, and will be assigned to the Beebe Special Investigation Unit. ongoing work of Beebe Detective Robert Puckett, who has been attached to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Little Rock for the last three years and was the lead case agent, was instrumental in the arrest of the gang members. Detective Puckett will be rejoining the Beebe Police Department on July 24, 2017, and will be assigned to the Beebe Special Investigation Unit.