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Arizona Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas – David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Scott Carl Mangum, age 40, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute more than 5 Kilograms of Cocaine. The Honorable Judge P. K. Holmes III presided over the sentencing hearings today in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

On October 27, 2019, an Arkansas State Police Trooper conducted a traffic stop on a tractor-trailer traveling on Interstate 40 in Crawford County, Arkansas, which is located in the Western District of Arkansas. The Trooper made contact with Mangum, who was the driver and sole occupant of the tractor-trailer. Mangum consented to a search of the tractor-trailer, which resulted in Troopers locating a 9mm handgun and a meth pipe.  During the search of Magnum’s person Troopers located a small baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket.  A search of the trailer resulted in Troopers locating approximately 15 kilograms of suspected cocaine, which was concealed with the produce that Mangum was transporting.

The suspected cocaine was submitted to the DEA lab for testing and tested positive as cocaine with a total weight of 15.04 kilograms.

Mangum was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2019 and entered a guilty plea in December 2019. 

This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Elser prosecuted the case for the Western District of Arkansas.


Updated May 14, 2020

Drug Trafficking