FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2013
El Dorado, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Milino McHenry, age 33, and Bobby Roberts, age 32, both of El Dorado, Arkansas, were sentenced yesterday for the distribution of crack cocaine. Bruce Tubbs, age 33, of El Dorado was sentenced today for maintaining a drug-involved premises. McHenry was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in prison with four years of supervised release, Roberts was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison with four years of supervised release, and Tubbs was sentenced to 10 years in prison with three years of supervised release. United States District Judge Harry F. Barnes handed down the sentences in federal court in El Dorado.
According to court records, on October 13, 2011, investigators conducted a controlled buy of crack cocaine from Roberts at a local motel. Immediately after the drug transaction, officers searched the motel room where they made contact with Roberts and McHenry. The officers then discovered additional cocaine base, marijuana, cash, digital scales, and a handgun inside the room. McHenry pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine on November 28, 2012, and Roberts pleaded guilty to distribution of cocaine base on November 11, 2012.
On June 17, 2011, investigators conducted a controlled buy of crack cocaine from Timothy Tubbs, brother of Bruce Tubbs. Timothy Tubbs was then observed driving to Bruce Tubbs’s residence. On July 26, 2011, officers executed a search warrant on the residence and discovered additional cocaine base, cash, marijuana, and digital scales. The officers also discovered two handguns inside the bedroom. Bruce Tubbs pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises on November 13, 2012.
United States Attorney Eldridge stated, “Prosecuting those involved in drug trafficking in our communities, including El Dorado, remains a top priority of this office. We 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.”
The cases were investigated by the FBI El Dorado Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the FBI, the El Dorado Police Department, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ross prosecuted the cases for the United States.
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