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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jury Finds Alma Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking and Firearms Violation

            Fort Smith, Arkansas – Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that David Hurl Lemmon, age 43 of Alma, Arkansas, was found guilty on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute More than 500 grams of Methamphetamine and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm following a two and one-half day jury trial. The Honorable Chief Judge P.K. Holmes, III presided over the trial in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.  

            According to evidence presented at the trial, Lemmon and others were involved in a conspiracy to distribute approximately 50 pounds of methamphetamine that were seized by law enforcement in Potter County, Texas in January 2016.  Lemmon’s conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm was based on the seizure of 7 firearms by law enforcement during search warrant conducted at Lemmon’s residence in Alma, Arkansas on March 29, 2016.  

            Lemmon will be sentenced at a later date as determined by the court. The penalty for Conspiracy to Distribute more than 500 grams of Methamphetamine is not less than 10 years or not more than life imprisonment, not more than $10,000,000 fine, or both. The maximum sentence for Felon in Possession of a Firearm is not more than 10 years imprisonment, not more than $250,000 fine, or both.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Potter County, Texas Sheriff’s Office, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, the Bernalillio County, New Mexico Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Smith Police Department, and the 12th/21st Judicial District Drug Task Force. 

            Assistant United States Attorney Aaron Jennen and Co-Counsel, Assistant United States Attorney Candace Taylor, prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated December 15, 2016