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TWO FORT SMITH RESIDENTS APPEAR IN COURT ON
DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2014

 






Fort Smith, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that William Alexander, aka “Weenee”, aka “Sobee”, “aka Pitbull” and Rosa Sharon appeared today for arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge James Marchewski in Fort Smith on federal charges for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

In 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration launched an investigation into a drug trafficking organization in Fort Smith. Law enforcement conducted numerous controlled buys during the course of the investigation. On July 13, 2014, during a traffic stop, law enforcement located pound quantities of methamphetamine inside the vehicle being driven by Sharon in which Alexander was a passenger. As a result, the pair was arrested and transported to the Fort Smith Police Department for interviews at which time Alexander stated he received and distributed multiple pounds of methamphetamine. A search warrant executed on their residence resulted in the seizure of more methamphetamine, about ten firearms, and other drug paraphernalia associated with the distribution of methamphetamine.

U. S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “Kids in Fort Smith and all across our district deserve to grow up in communities free from drug trafficking and the violence and other crime that comes with it. Our office remains focused on identifying and prosecuting those responsible for bringing large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs onto our streets. I appreciate the cooperative effort in this investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Smith Police Department.”

“Methamphetamine destroys lives and has far-reaching negative effects in the communities where it takes hold,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Downing. “Side by side with our local law enforcement partners, DEA is holding meth dealers accountable. We are seizing their profits, shutting down distribution networks, and putting dealers where they belong – behind bars.”

Sergeant Danny Baker with the Fort Smith Police Department Narcotics Unit stated, “This investigation represents a significant development in the removal of large quantities of
illegal and dangerous narcotics from the streets of Fort Smith and surrounding communities. We sincerely appreciate the continued partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the DEA, and all agencies committed to making this region a safer place to live. The cooperation and professionalism that was exhibited during the course of this investigation is a testament to the teamwork mindset found in the Western District of Arkansas.”

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Smith Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Fowlkes 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 or she 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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