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Sulphur Springs Man Sentenced To Over 12 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

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

Fayetteville, Arkansas – David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Donald Whitaker, age 35 of Sulphur Springs, AR was sentenced today to 150 months in federal prison followed by 5 years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of More Than 50 Grams of Actual Methamphetamine. The Honorable Judge Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing today in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records in June of 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration initiated an investigation into Whitaker for drug trafficking offenses in the Western District of Arkansas.  On August 13, 2019, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of approximately three ounces of methamphetamine from Whitaker.  The substance purchased from Whitaker was submitted to the DEA laboratory and tested positive for 92.7 grams of actual methamphetamine.

Whitaker was indicted by a federal grand jury in November of 2019, and entered a guilty plea in February of 2020. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Amy Driver prosecuted the case for the Western District of Arkansas.


Updated May 7, 2020

Drug Trafficking