EL DORADO MAN SENTENCED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CRACK COCAINE, FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND USE OF A FIREARM DURING A FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2012
El Dorado, Arkansas - Lirie Montgomery, age 29, of El Dorado, Arkansas was sentenced
to 97 months imprisonment and three years supervised release for distribution of crack cocaine,
possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm during a federal drug trafficking
crime, announced Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
Judge Susan O. Hickey imposed the sentence in U.S. District Court in El Dorado, Arkansas.
United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “This case indicates that we are aggressively
targeting felons in possession of firearms and illegal drug trafficking in South Arkansas and
throughout the Western District. We continue to work together with federal, state, and local law
enforcement to prosecute cases such as this and make our communities safer places to live.”
In May of 2011, FBI agents and El Dorado Police Department officers orchestrated a
controlled purchase of crack cocaine and a firearm from Lirie Montgomery.
On November 18, 2011, Montgomery entered a plea of guilty to one count of distribution of
a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm and use or carrying of a firearm during and
in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime, all in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. §§ 841(a), 922(g)(1)
The case was investigated by the El Dorado Police Department and the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney David A. Harris prosecuted the case for the United
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