FORT SMITH MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS FOR POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE METHAMPHETAMINE AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF A DRUG TRAFFICKING OFFENSE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2012
Fort Smith- Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Michael Jeffries of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 12 years in prison with no parole today in federal court. On September 21, 2011, Jeffries entered a plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to the plea agreement, on June 9, 2011, narcotics officers with the Fort Smith Police Department were conducting surveillance of a residence and observed Jeffries exiting the residence carrying a black backpack. Jeffries got into a vehicle and left the residence. Officers knew that Jeffries had an outstanding unrelated warrant and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Jeffries was driving. After arresting Jeffries, officers located approximately one ounce of methamphetamine in Jeffries’ pocket and a pistol in the black backpack Jeffries was seen carrying.
At sentencing, Chief United States District Court Judge P.K. Holmes sentenced Jeffries to 144 months imprisonment. Jeffries was also ordered to serve 5 years supervised release upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the Fort Smith Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Steve Snyder prosecuted this case for the United States.