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EIGHT INDICTED FOR HEROIN DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY THAT RESULTED IN TWO DEATHS

July 26, 2012

Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and William J. Bryant, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the unsealing of a federal indictment against Wallando “Wiley” Onezine, 40, of Cabot, AR; Keith “Key” Sanders, 25, of Memphis, TN; Devon McClain, 19, of Cabot, AR; Mark Aaron “Zane” Pruitt, 22, of Jacksonville, AR; Landon Cope, 21, of Little Rock, AR; Justin Pennock, 28, of Cabot, AR; Alex Evans, 22, of Cabot, AR; and Hunter Gladden, 25, of Ward, AR.

The eight men are charged in Count 1 with conspiring to distribute, or to possess with intent to distribute, more than 100 grams of heroin from May 1, 2011, through June 26, 2012, which resulted in the death of two persons (identified only as “J.M.” and “D.H.” in the indictment). Onezine and Cope are charged in Count 2 with distributing heroin on October 27, 2011, which resulted in the death of J.M. Onezine is also charged in Count 5, along with Pennock, with distributing heroin on March 23, 2012, which resulted in the death of D.H. Count 3 charges Sanders with possessing heroin on February 22, 2012, with the intent to distribute it. Count 4 charges Evans with distributing heroin on March 19, 2012. Onezine, McClain, and Pruitt are charged in Count 6 with distributing heroin on March 29, 2012. McClain is also charged with distributing heroin on May 9, 2012, in Count 7. Counts 8 and 9 charge Onezine with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm, respectively, on June 26, 2012.

Onezine, McClain, Pruitt, Pennock, Evans, and Gladden have all been arrested, but Sanders and Cope are still at large. If you are aware of Sanders’ or Cope’s whereabouts, please contact DEA at 501-217-6500.

“The arrest and indictment of these eight men is just the beginning of our efforts to remove those who distribute heroin not only in Cabot and Lonoke County, but wherever else this dangerous, addictive drug is being peddled. Since last fall, there have been nine reported incidents involving young men and women overdosing on heroin, two of which resulted in the loss of life. I encourage parents to learn what signs to look for and pay close attention to the activities and behavior of their sons and daughters. Teach your children about the consequences of drug experimentation and notify local authorities of any suspected drug dealing in your community,” stated Thyer.

“The State of Arkansas is experiencing the same trends as other states, in which people are abusing prescription pain pills containing opiates and develop an opiate addiction,” said Bryant. “Some of these people then turn to heroin. As you can see in this case, this trend produces fatal consequences in our community.”

If convicted of conspiring to distribute or possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, the use of which resulted in death (as charged in Count 1), or distributing heroin, the use of which resulted in death (as charged in Counts 2 and 5), the defendants will face a sentence of not less than twenty (20) years to life imprisonment. Any sentence for those Counts can be enhanced to an automatic sentence of life imprisonment if the defendant has a prior, final conviction for a felony drug offense. Counts 3, 4, 6, and 7 carry a possible punishment of not more than twenty (20) years in federal prison. Count 8 carries a possible punishment of not more than ten (10) years imprisonment. Federal law also requires a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five (5) years if the defendant is convicted of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, as charged in Count 5 of the Indictment.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Arkansas State Police, the Cabot Police Department, the Ward Police Department, the Maumelle Police Department, the Austin Police Department, the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office, Conway County Sheriff’s Office and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. Assistance was also provided by the Lonoke County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gordon.

An indictment contains only allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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