Two Carroll County residents appeared in court Monday (May 12) on federal charges for drug trafficking, according to a news release from Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
The two residents identified as Bryan McClelland, 50, and Shellie McClelland, 50, appeared before Magistrate Judge Erin L. Setser on federal charges for drug trafficking of methamphetamine in Carroll County and surrounding areas, the news release says.
In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations launched an investigation into a drug trafficking organization in Carroll County.
Authorities conducted numerous controlled buys through the investigation, and on May 8, 2014, authorities executed a search warrant that resulted in finding and seizing 18 firearms and over $24,000.
U. S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “Kids across our district deserve to grow up in communities free from trafficking in drugs and the violence and other crime that comes with it. We remain focused on identifying and prosecuting those responsible for bringing large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs onto our streets.”
He continued, “I appreciate the cooperative effort in this investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations Northwest Arkansas Task Force, and the FBI.”