The United States Marshalls Service today announced an arrest operation targeting violence and gang-related crime in the Helena-West Helena area.

The campaign, known as “Operation Press Your Luck,” aims at fugitive gang members and other wanted violent criminals. Authorities arrested 44 suspects today after a search for 63 suspects with active warrants for crimes including rape, murder, aggravated assault, and kidnapping. The operation is ongoing.

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Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, issued the following statement in a press release:

Today’s arrests signify the presence of federal law enforcement in Helena-West Helena and the surrounding communities. When local communities in our district reach out for help from federal authorities to stem the tide of violence, we will swiftly and forcefully respond. Criminals in the Delta now know that we will not tolerate their violence and disregard of the law.