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St. Paul, Arkansas Woman Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For 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 Rachael Shackelford, age 30, of St. Paul, Arkansas was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $2,500.00 in fines for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, beginning around November of 2018, law enforcement officers received information that Shackelford was distributing methamphetamine from her residence in St. Paul, Arkansas. During the investigation, deputies with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office applied for and executed a search warrant on Shackelford's residence on January 9, 2019. Inside the residence, deputies located Shackelford along with syringes, digital scales, drug packaging materials, approximately 238 grams of methamphetamine and several firearms.  

The DEA crime lab tested the seized methamphetamine and determined that it contained 190.89 grams of actual methamphetamine.

A federal grand jury indicted Shackelford in March 2018, and she entered a guilty plea in April 2019.

This case was investigated by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Arkansas State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant United States Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated September 20, 2019

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