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THREE HOT SPRINGS MEN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON EACH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND FEDERAL FIREARMS OFFENSES



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December 2, 2011

 






Hot Springs- Three Hot Springs men were sentenced to 15 years in prison each for drug trafficking and federal firearms offenses, announced Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Tracy T. Young was sentenced to 180 months for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. Michael D. Collins was sentenced to 188 months for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. Brandon L. Jones was sentenced to 188 months for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas commented, “Our office remains focused on prosecuting those who traffic in drugs–including the defendants in these cases, all of whom had serious criminal histories. The drug trade preys on our communities in so many ways and we are dedicated to prosecuting those responsible- particularly those who engage in repeated offenses.”

Tracy T. Young, age 28, of Hot Springs, Arkansas was sentenced to180 months in prison by United States District Court Robert T. Dawson. Judge Dawson ordered Young to pay $1,500 in fines and ordered him to serve 3 years supervised release upon his release from prison. Young was sentenced under the Armed Career Criminal Act, which provides a sentencing range of fifteen years to life for individuals who have been convicted of federal gun crimes and have at least three prior felony convictions for crimes of violence and/or serious drug offenses. This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of firearms and improving the safety of residents in the Western District of Arkansas. Participants in the initiative include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

According to court documents, Young entered a plea of guilty on July 11, 2011, to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. The conviction is a result of an investigation conducted by the 18th East Judicial Drug Task Force in September of 2010 where a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence in Hot Springs. During that search, officers located two firearms and 18 grams of methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the 18th East Judicial Drug Task Force and the Arkansas State Police. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas prosecuted this case.

Michael D. Collins, age 34, of Hot Springs, Arkansas was sentenced to 188 months in prison by United States District Court Judge Robert T. Dawson. Judge Dawson ordered Collins to pay $1,500 in fines and ordered him to serve 3 years supervised release upon his release from prison. Collins was sentenced for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute.

On July 11, 2011, Collins entered a plea of guilty to possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. The conviction is a result of an arrest made by the Hot Springs Police Department pursuant to a traffic stop. During a search of the vehicle, officers located 23 grams of crack cocaine. Because the defendant has two prior felony convictions for drug trafficking offenses, he is considered a Career Offender under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

This case was investigated by the Hot Springs Police Department Street Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas prosecuted this case

Brandon L. Jones, age 30, of Hot Springs, Arkansas was sentenced to188 months in prison by United States District Court Judge Robert T. Dawson. Judge Dawson ordered Jones to pay $1,500 in fines and ordered him to serve 3 years supervised release upon his release from prison. Jones was sentenced for possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

According to court documents, Jones entered a plea of guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute on July 14, 2011. This conviction is a result of an arrest made by the Hot Springs Police Department on February 2, 2011. On that day, officers made contact with the defendant after observing him seated in a vehicle parked in a no trespassing area. The defendant fled from the officers, discarding 66 grams of crack cocaine while running away. Because Jones has a prior felony conviction for a drug trafficking offense, as well as a prior felony conviction for a crime of violence, he is considered a Career Offender under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

This case was investigated by the Hot Springs Police Department Street Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas prosecuted this case.

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