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OKOLONA MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2014

 






Hot Springs, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jason Willmon, age 42, owner of Willmon Cattle Company in Okolona, Arkansas appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant for arraignment on an indictment charging Willmon with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of actual methamphetamine.

In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Group 6 Drug Task Force, and the Arkansas State Police launched an investigation into a drug trafficking organization involved in the distribution of pound quantities of methamphetamine in Southwest Arkansas. The investigation included surveillance, monitoring, and the execution of search warrants.

U. S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “Today we have taken a step forward in making Arkadelphia and the surrounding community a safer place. We remain committed to the elimination of drug trafficking and the violence and other crime that takes a toll on our communities. I appreciate the leadership of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas State Police, the Group 6 Task Force, and the D.E.A. throughout this investigation.”

Sheriff Jason Watson praised the efforts of all the special agents, investigators and officers involved in this extended investigation. Watson stated, “the public expects and deserves the kind of collaboration that was involved in this case. This was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Group 6 Task Force, Arkadelphia Police Department, and Clark County Sheriff’s Department that would not have been possible by any one of these agencies alone.” Watson stated further “hundreds of hours of work by many officers, too numerous to mention each of them; but they all deserve credit for their effort in this investigation. I am very proud of our efforts and this positive outcome.” Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson and Sheriff Watson thanked U.S. Attorney Eldridge for his continued assistance in combating drug trafficking in Clark County.

This case is being investigated by the D.E.A, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Group 6 Drug Task Force, and Arkansas State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wulff is prosecuting the case for the United States.

The charges in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @ www.pacer.gov

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