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THREE DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN FORT SMITH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND FIREARMS OFFENSES



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July 26, 2012

 






Fort Smith- Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas
announced that three defendants were sentenced for drug trafficking and federal firearms offenses
today. Dublas Antonio Dubon-Morales was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with no parole for
distribution of 43.8 grams of methamphetamine. Joel Castillo was sentenced to 19 years
imprisonment with no parole for possession with intent to distribute more than 4.4 kilos of
methamphetamine. Keolampone Xayavong was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with no parole
for being a felon in possession of firearms.
Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney commented, “We are dedicated to prosecuting those
who engage in drug trafficking offenses and violent criminal activity in Fort Smith and communities
across the Western District of Arkansas. The defendants in these cases have been sentenced to
lengthy terms in prison. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to enforce the law and protect the
people of our district.”
Dublas Antonio Dubon-Morales, age 26, an illegal alien, was sentenced to 5 years
imprisonment with no parole by Chief United States District Court Judge P. K. Holmes, III. Agents
with the Department of Homeland Security and the Fort Smith Police Department utilized
confidential informants, wearing a recording device, to make a series of controlled phone calls in
October and November 2011to Dubon-Morales to arrange for three separate purchases of
methamphetamine. Dubon-Morales delivered the methamphetamine to prearranged locations in Fort
Smith. Dubon-Morales was arrested and gave a post-Miranda statement admitting to distributing
methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was later analyzed by the Drug Enforcement
Administration Laboratory which concluded that the methamphetamine had a total actual weight of
62.7 grams.
This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Fort Smith
Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steve Snyder.
Joel Castillo, age 40, of Salinas, California was sentenced to a total of 19 years imprisonment
with no parole by Chief United States District Court Judge P. K. Holmes. On November 7, 2011, a
Franklin County Arkansas Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a semi-truck and trailer
traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 in Ozark, Arkansas. Officers received permission to search the
cab of the truck and trailer. The officer found a cardboard box in the sleeper compartment wrapped
in saran wrap and layered with a mustard like substance. Upon further examining the box, the officer
discovered multiple plastic containers, which held in total approximately 10 pounds of uncut
methamphetamine. On March 9, 2012, a jury found Castillo guilty of possession with intent to
deliver a controlled substance. During the trial, drug trafficking experts testified that the street value
of the seized methamphetamine was well over 1 million dollars.
This case was investigated by the 5th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Department of
Homeland Security. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dustin Roberts.
Keolampone Xayavong, age 30, of Fort Smith, Arkansas was sentenced to 4 years
imprisonment with no parole by Chief United States District Court Judge P. K. Holmes. On June
22, 2011, officers of the Fort Smith Police Department conducted a routine traffic stop. During the
stop Xayavong gave officers consent to search his vehicle. While searching the vehicle, officers
located a sawed off shotgun, and 9mm pistol and an improvised silencer. After a review of
Xayavong criminal history, Xayavong was found to have had prior felony convictions. On March
16, 2012, Xayavong pled guilty to the charge of being a felon in possession of firearms.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Fort
Smith Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David
Harris.
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