OPERATION STATELINE SWEEP UPDATE: THREE DEFENDANTS SENTENCED TO OVER 40 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2013
Texarkana, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that three defendants were sentenced this week as a result of charges brought during Operation Stateline Sweep, a drug-trafficking investigation that took place in 2011. The individuals sentenced were part of a 190-count indictment filed in September 2011, which named 66 defendants that have been prosecuted since that time. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the cases in the United States District Court in Texarkana, Arkansas.
United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “These sentences are the result of a continued effort to fully prosecute those defendants who were charged as a result of Operation Stateline Sweep. We continue to believe that targeting drug-trafficking organizations, many selling drugs near schools and housing facilities, is essential for improving Texarkana and other communities. I applaud the collaborative effort that made the prosecution of this case possible.”
Samuel “Sammy” Garrison, age 31 of Texarkana, Texas, was sentenced to over 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole and 3 years of supervised release for distributing cocaine. On September 8, 2011, Garrison negotiated the sale of crack of cocaine to a confidential informant. Garrison’s co-defendant conducted the exchange on Garrison’s behalf. Garrison was found to be an organizer or leader of his drug-trafficking organization and was responsible for the distribution of at least 50 kilograms but not more than 150 kilograms of cocaine in the Texarkana area.
Gregory Lewis, age 34 of Texarkana, Arkansas, was sentenced to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole and 6 years of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a public school. On September 10, 2010, Lewis’s co-defendant Aarius Cooks negotiated the sale of crack cocaine to a confidential informant. Lewis then conducted the exchange within 1000 feet of Vera Kilpatrick Elementary School in Texarkana, Arkansas. Lewis was found to be a manager or supervisor of his drug-trafficking organization. Cooks was previously sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine on August 29, 2013.
Marcus Sims, age 35 of Chidester, Arkansas, was sentenced to 8 years in prison without the possibility of parole and 6 years of supervised release for distributing crack cocaine within 1000 feet of public housing. On January 25, 2011, Sims negotiated the sale of crack cocaine to a
confidential informant. The exchange took place within 1000 feet of Pinehurst Village, a public housing facility in Texarkana, Arkansas.
The cases were investigated by the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of representatives of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, the Texarkana Texas Police Department, the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Quinn prosecuted the cases for the United States.
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