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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Springdale Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Trafficking

            Fayetteville, Arkansas - Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Carlos Rios, age 38, of Springdale, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

            According to court records, on or about April 18, 2016 law enforcement conducted a controlled purchase of $1,360 worth of methamphetamine from Rios outside a business in Elm Springs.  The suspected substance was sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration Lab for testing and was determined to contain 26.3 grams of actual methamphetamine.  Rios was indicted by a federal grand jury in May, 2016 and pleaded guilty in July, 2016.   

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Springdale Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Sydney Butler prosecuted the case for the United States.

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Drug Trafficking
Updated November 1, 2016