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Benton Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

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

HOT SPRINGS – A Benton man was sentenced yesterday to 144 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release on one count of Possession of More Than Five Hundred (500) Grams of a Mixture or Substance Containing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the U.S. District Court in Hot Springs.

According to court documents, in early 2022, Homeland Security Investigations identified Terrance O’Neal Murphy, age 45, as a large-scale methamphetamine distributer in the Central Arkansas geographical area.  On April 5, 2022, Murphy was pulled over by the Arkansas State Police for traffic violations.  During the course of the traffic stop, officers located over three (3) kilograms of methamphetamine in Murphy’s vehicle.  Murphy subsequently fled from the scene but was apprehended a short time later after a foot pursuit. 

U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas made the announcement.

This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations – Little Rock Field Office, 18th East Judicial District Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police and the 18th East Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Achorn prosecuted the case.

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @



 Charlie Robbins

Public Affairs Officer

Updated January 31, 2024