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Hot Springs Felon Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison For Distribution Of Crack Cocaine

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

Texarkana, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Cletus Davis, age 39, of Hot Springs, was sentenced today to 70 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release on two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Crack Cocaine.  The sentencing took place before the Honorable Susan O. Hickey in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Texarkana.

U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “Those who bring illegal drugs onto our streets threaten our communities and the families that live in them.  Hot Springs, one of Arkansas’s most beautiful cities, has been plagued by violence escalated by this criminal activity. We will remain focused on investigating and prosecuting these crimes and hold those involved accountable.”

According to court records, during the course of an ongoing investigation, on two separate occasions in August, 2013, detectives with the Hot Springs Police Department Street Crimes Unit arranged for a controlled purchase of crack cocaine from Cletus Davis in exchange for U.S. currency.  On each occasion after the exchange, the suspected substance was field tested and showed to be positive for cocaine.  The substance was then sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where it was confirmed to be cocaine base. Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Crack Cocaine on August 15, 2014. He was previously convicted of 3 felony drug offenses between 1997 and 2007.

This case was investigated by the Hot Springs Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Updated April 10, 2015