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Siloam Springs Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

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

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that David Ely, age 34, was sentenced yesterday to 120 months imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release for one count of Possession of More Than 50 Grams of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.  The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, in April 2019, investigators received information that Ely was in route from Siloam Springs, Arkansas to Fayetteville, Arkansas in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine.  During a search incident to Ely’s arrest, officers located a duffle bag behind the passenger’s seat that contained 13 bags of methamphetamine, each weighing just over one ounce, a bag of unused syringes, a digital scale, and multiple baggies.  The DEA lab results determined that the substance contained 334.7 grams of actual methamphetamine.       

Ely was indicted in May 2019 on federal charges and entered his guilty plea in July 2019.  

This case was investigated by the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force (JDDTF), the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the DEA.  Assistant United States Attorney Amy Driver prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated October 10, 2019

Drug Trafficking