Authorities Release Details of 'Operation Delta Blues'

Herman Eaton

Five police officers who allegedly guarded drug shipments are among 51 other people arrested in a wide-ranging drug and corruption investigation in eastern Arkansas.

Federal authorities in Helena-West Helena announced Tuesday that the four-year investigation dubbed "Operation Delta Blues" led to the indictment of 70 people. That includes5-officers, 51 others and 14 fugitives at large.

The FBI says the focus of the investigation was corrupt law officers dealing with convicted felons who, in some cases, were convicted murderers.

Five law officers were indicted and arrested on Tuesday. They include: Robert Wahls, Herman Eaton, Marlene Kalb, Windston Dean Jackson and Robert Rogers. (Seen in the pictures to the left)

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer says the five law officers worked in Phillips and Lee counties.

Thyer says 800 state and federal law enforcement officers fanned out and arrested 51 suspects. Thyer says 14 suspects are still being sought and five were in custody when the arrests began.

The indictment charges can be found through the links underneath the pictures.

Law enforcement agencies investigating including the United States Attorney, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service and the Arkansas State Police are all involved with the investigation.

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