Hot Springs Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking and Firearms Possession
El Dorado, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Charles “Marty” Permenter, age 56, of El Dorado, Arkansas was sentenced yesterday to 180 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in El Dorado.
According to court records, in February 2016, during an investigation into the methamphetamine distribution in Union County, Arkansas, the FBI and the FBI Task Force identified Permenter as a source of supply of methamphetamine. During the investigation, investigators were able to purchase methamphetamine from Permenter on multiple occasions, utilizing a confidential informant. Additionally, information provided by cooperating sources and independent law enforcement investigation showed that Permenter knowingly conspired with co-conspirators and others to distribute more than 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in Union County, Arkansas, and other locations within the Western District of Arkansas.
Permenter was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2016 and pled guilty in March 2017.
This case was investigated by The FBI and the FBI Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Ben Wulff and Graham Jones prosecuted the case for the United States.