FORT SMITH MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS FOR DISTRIBUTION OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND UNLAWFUL FIREARM POSSESSION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2012
Fort Smith- Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jason Foerster, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 14 years in prison with no parole today in federal court. On October 17, 2011, Foerster entered a plea of guilty to distribution of more than 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the plea agreement, Foerster was arrested leaving a residence in Fort Smith after officers served a search warrant on the residence for suspected trafficking of methamphetamine in the area. In March 2011, Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives utilized a confidential informant to arrange the purchase of one ounce of methamphetamine from an unwitting individual in Fort Smith. The confidential informant and the individual agreed to meet in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. The unwitting individual told the confidential informant that he did not have an ounce of methamphetamine on him, and that his source of methamphetamine would bring the ounce to him at Wal-Mart. Officers were conducting surveillance in the parking lot of Wal-Mart during the transaction and observed the unwitting individual pull up in his vehicle. Officers also observed Foerster pull up, exit the vehicle and get into the vehicle with the unwitting individual. When Foerster returned to his vehicle, officers conducted a traffic stop on Foerster’s vehicle.
Further, on August 4, 2011, narcotics detectives in Van Buren, Arkansas utilized a different confidential informant to arrange the controlled sale of a handgun to Foerster, in exchange for methamphetamine. The confidential informant and the defendant arranged by phone to meet in a restaurant parking lot in Van Buren. Officers conducting surveillance in the parking lot observed Foerster arrive in his vehicle, approach the confidential informant and make an exchange of drugs for the firearm. Officers attempted to arrest Foerster as he fled in his vehicle. During the pursuit, Foerster threw the firearm out the window of his vehicle. The pursuit continued into Fort Smith where Foerster was arrested. The firearm was later recovered.
At sentencing, Chief United States District Court Judge P.K. Holmes sentenced Foerster to 170 months imprisonment on the distribution of methamphetamine charge and 120 months for the firearm charge, to run concurrently. Foerster was also ordered to serve five years supervised release upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), the Fort Smith Police Department and the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted this case for the United States.