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Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking over Three Pounds of Methamphetamine

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

FAYETTEVILLE – A Pea Ridge man was sentenced yesterday to 150 months in prison without the possibility of parole followed by five additional years of supervised release on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The Honorable Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court documents, on May 29, 2022, investigators with the Benton County Drug Unit, assisted by officers from Arkansas Probation and Parole, conducted a home compliance check with Dustin Vann, age, 33, who was on parole based on a previous felony conviction. Upon entry of his Pea Ridge residence, the investigators located Vann in his bedroom along with a backpack that contained 8 baggies of methamphetamine. The gross weight of the methamphetamine was approximately 3.6 pounds. The backpack also contained a drug ledger, clear plastic baggies, digital scales, and $764 in U.S. currency.

Vann was subsequently charged in federal court via Grand Jury and pleaded guilty to possessing and intending to distribute the approximate 3 pounds of methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas made the announcement.

The Benton County Drug Unit and Arkansas State Probation and Parole investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Williams prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Updated April 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking