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Springdale Man Sentenced To More Than 27 Years In Federal Prison For Weapons And Drug Possession

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 Adrian Chavez Oviedo, age 28, was sentenced today to 330 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $9,700.00 fine for Aiding and Abetting in the Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Felon in Possession of a firearm.  The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.According to court records, In May of 2018, agents with the DEA and detectives with the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force received information that Oviedo, was involved in drug trafficking in and around Springdale, Arkansas.  On June 2, 2018, Oviedo was arrested by the Springdale Police Department for drug trafficking related crimes and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. While incarcerated, detectives learned that Oviedo began distributing methamphetamine inside the facility and was directing individuals outside the facility to move drugs from a storage unit and collect drug debts owed to him. Detectives were able to locate a storage facility in Springdale, Arkansas, that had separate units rented to Oviedo. On June 7, 2018, detectives executed a search warrant on a storage unit registered to Oviedo and located two pistols, an assault rifle, approximately 573 grams of methamphetamine, 181 grams of heroin and digital scales inside.  On June 12, 2018, Oviedo was interviewed and admitted to trafficking narcotics including methamphetamine. The DEA crime lab tested the seized methamphetamine and determined that it contained 515.9 grams of actual methamphetamine.

A federal grand jury indicted Oviedo in July 2018, and he entered a guilty plea in May 2019.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force and the Springdale Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated September 13, 2019

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