Ark. corruption probe suspects to appear in court

By the Associated Press | October 13, 2011 | 8:10 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dozens of people arrested in a sweeping, four-year investigation into corruption in eastern Arkansas are scheduled to appear in federal court.

Those taken into custody as part of Operation Delta Blues are expected to make their initial court appearances before a federal magistrate judge Thursday in Little Rock.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the results of the probe earlier this week. More than 50 people were arrested Tuesday, and another five were arrested a day later.

Seventy people in all were indicted and nine remain at large.

Among those arrested are five law enforcement officers accused of taking bribes to watch over shipments of cocaine and other drugs. One officer allegedly discussed payments he took from defense lawyers to look the other way on offenses.