Drug Enforcement Administration officials this week executed warrants in western Arkansas in the hope of combating prescription drug abuse.
DEA officials in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the 12th and 21st District Drug Task Force this week executed two federal search warrants and four federal inspection warrants in Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin and Logan counties, Arkansas Western District U.S. Attorney Duane "DAK" Kees announced Thursday. Their efforts were in reference to the ongoing opioid crisis in the region, according to a Western District news release.
DEA New Orleans Field Division public information officer Debbie Webber on Tuesday said officials were investigating two pain clinics in the Fort Smith area as part of an active investigation. The Times Record on Thursday could not reach Webber for comment about the Thursday announcement.
Members of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the 12th and 21st District Drug Task Force worked with DEA officials in the operation, the release states. Drug Task Force Director Paul Smith on Thursday declined to comment on the warrants. U.S. Attorney's public information officer Charlie Robbins also declined to comment as to not interfere with the investigation.
Robbins said more information about the investigation could be made available to the public in the next several days.