General · June 11, 2021 0

Career Offender Sentenced For Drug Trafficking

Career Offender Sentenced To 12 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

FORT SMITH (STL.News) A Berryville man was sentenced yesterday to 151 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of a Controlled Substance methamphetamine.  The Honorable Judge P.K Holmes, III, presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

According to court documents, In July of 2020, Homeland Security Investigations Fayetteville initiated an investigation into James Russell Clark, 37, for drug trafficking offenses in the Western District of Arkansas.  On July 9, 2020, investigators were able to conduct a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Clark at his residence.  The methamphetamine purchased was subsequently sent to the Department of Homeland Security Laboratory in Savannah, Georgia and tested positive for methamphetamine.  Clark was also held accountable at sentencing for possessing a firearm on July 18, 2020, following a traffic stop by the Berryville Police Department.  Clark is a multi-convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.

Acting U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas made the announcement.

Homeland Security Investigations Fayetteville investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

SOURCE: USDOJ.Today

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