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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Clarksville Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Federal Prison For Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

Fort Smith, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that, Miguel Angel Galicia-Canseco, age 33, of Clarksville, Tennessee was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release on one count possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  The Honorable P.K. Holmes, III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

According to court records, in June of 2017, Arkansas State Police observed a truck suddenly slow down and cross over the white fog line on Interstate 40 in Crawford County, Arkansas. An officer with the Arkansas State Police initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Galicia-Canseco. The officer discovered that Galicia-Canseco had a felony arrest warrant out of Tennessee for a drug offense. During the course of the stop, the State Police utilized a K-9 to sniff around the exterior of the truck. The dog alerted the officer to the odor of narcotics near the back of the truck. Officers then searched the truck, and found approximately 19 pounds of methamphetamine.  The drugs were sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration laboratory for analysis and the results indicated the substances totaled 8.5 kilograms of a mixture of methamphetamine at 98% purity or 8.3 kilograms of actual methamphetamine.

Galicia-Canseco pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in November 2017.

This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Amy M. Driver prosecuted the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 7, 2018