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April 4, 2013


Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Samuel Barrientos, age 36 of Gurdon, Arkansas, was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison for the distribution of methamphetamine. Barrientos’s prosecution is related to a case involving three other Gurdon men who pleaded guilty on March 7, 2013. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey handed down the sentence in United States District Court in Hot Springs.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “We continue to work hard--in Gurdon and communities across the Western District of Arkansas--to identify, investigate, and prosecute drug trafficking and to make our communities safe from this activity.”

According to court records, beginning on March 29, 2012, the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted an investigation in Gurdon, Arkansas, and contacted Barrientos to arrange a drug transaction through the use of a confidential source. Barrientos agreed to sell a quantity of methamphetamine to the source for $1,700. The transaction took place on May 23, 2012, at a residence in Gurdon. The DEA crime lab confirmed that the drug sold was 100% pure and contained 23.6 grams of actual methamphetamine.

Barrientos was originally charged in a three-count indictment returned by a Grand Jury for the Western District of Arkansas on August 22, 2012. On November 30, 2012, he pleaded guilty to count three of the indictment.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. United States Attorney Conner Eldridge and Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Wulff prosecuted the case for the United States.

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