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Career Offender Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Possession

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

HOT SPRINGS – A Hot Springs man was sentenced today to 152 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and one count of Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.

In September, 2019, detectives with the Hot Springs Police Department conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine from Bobby Nutt.  The next day, Nutt reported to his parole officer for an office visit.  During his parole visit, Nutt’s vehicle was searched and approximately 148 grams of cocaine was seized as well as a loaded Glock pistol with a round in the chamber.  

Due to the nature of Nutt’s prior felony convictions, he was sentenced as a Career Offender.   

U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes made the announcement.

The Hot Springs Police Department and the ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Updated January 26, 2022