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April 5, 2013


Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Eddie Smith, age 29 of Garner, North Carolina, and Michael Brooks, age 29 of Raleigh, North Carolina, were sentenced today for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Smith was sentenced to five years and three months in prison and 4 years supervised release, and Brooks was sentenced to five years in prison and 4 years of supervised release. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey handed down the sentences in United States District Court in Hot Springs.

United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “This case represents the successful prevention of interstate distribution of controlled substances and could not have been possible without the great work of the Arkansas State Police. This office will continue to work with law enforcement to do all we can to identify drug trafficking activity in our district and to prosecute individuals responsible for it.”

Per court records, on April 6, 2012, a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was working routine patrol on Interstate 30 when two vehicles were observed traveling east bound and speeding. The trooper confirmed the vehicles were speeding, pursued the vehicles, and pulled the front car over. After stopping the vehicle, the trooper received consent to search the car and located approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine. The trooper then requested other police units to stop the second car, which was occupied by Brooks and Smith. Further investigation showed that the two cars were working together to transport the drugs from a source in Texas back to North Carolina for distribution.

Brooks and Smith were originally charged in a two-count indictment on August 22, 2012. On January 17, 2013, both defendants pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment.

This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

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