MAN SENTENCED TO OVER TWENTY-ONE YEARS FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE MORE THAN 500 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Jose Rivera-Navas, age 39, an illegal immigrant of El Salvador, was sentenced on one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. Rivera-Navas was sentenced to 260 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release. United States District Court Judge Jimm Larry Hendren presided over the sentencing.
U. S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “This case sends a strong message that those who bring crime into our communities and drugs onto our streets will be brought to justice. Our office remains committed to working together with other agencies to investigate and prosecute such activity in order to keep the residents of Northwest Arkansas and the Western District of Arkansas safe not only from drug trafficking, but also the threat of violence that goes along with criminal activity.”
According to evidence presented at trial, on June 25, 2013, a confidential informant delivered the two pounds of methamphetamine to a man later identified as Jose Rivera-Navas at a hotel in Springdale. Rivera-Navas was arrested as he exited the hotel and methamphetamine was found inside his pants. A jury found Rivera-Navas guilty of the offense on October 31, 2013.
This case was investigated by Oklahoma City Police Department Narcotics Interdiction Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administrative offices in Fayetteville and Oklahoma. Assistant United States Attorneys Kenneth Elser and Brandon Carter prosecuted the case for the United States.
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