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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Centerton Man Sentenced To Over 5 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

Fayetteville, Arkansas - Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Thomas Matthew Swank, age 36, of Centerton, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, after several months of an investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Benton County Sheriff’s Department learned that methamphetamine was being distributed in Northwest Arkansas by Swank.  In September of 2017, agents arranged and conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Swank in the Western District of Arkansas. The substance purchased was sent to the DEA South Central Laboratory for testing. The lab determined that the substance contained 7.8 grams of actual methamphetamine.

 Swank was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2017 and entered a guilty plea in January 2018.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Benton County Sheriff’s department.  Assistant United States Attorney Kim Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.


Drug Trafficking
Updated May 9, 2018