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Arkansas man with extensive criminal history receives a 200-month prison term for drug trafficking

Fayetteville, Arkansas – A Camden man, Ronald Antonio Moorehead, age 43, has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison for his involvement in methamphetamine distribution in Northwest Arkansas. The sentencing took place on Thursday in the United States District Court in Fayetteville, with the Honorable Judge James M. Moody Jr. presiding.

The Investigation and Arrest

The Fourth Judicial District Drug Task Force was pivotal in identifying and capturing Moorehead. In March 2023, detectives learned that Moorehead was actively transporting significant quantities of methamphetamine into the region for distribution.

The investigation intensified in May when detectives observed Moorehead in a vehicle in a residential neighborhood of Fayetteville. Given Moorehead’s status on active parole supervision, law enforcement officials were able to approach and subsequently conduct a search of his vehicle. This search yielded approximately 500 grams of methamphetamine, along with a quantity of cocaine intended for distribution.

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Legal Proceedings and Guilty Plea

Moorehead faced multiple charges related to his drug trafficking activities. His indictment by a federal grand jury followed the discovery of the drugs. On November 3, 2023, he entered a guilty plea to the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute More than 50 Grams of Methamphetamine. During his sentencing, the prosecution presented evidence of Moorehead’s extensive criminal history, which included several prior convictions for similar offenses.

The sentence of 200 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release reflects the severity of Moorehead’s crimes and his previous criminal record. U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas emphasized the importance of the ruling in the broader fight against drug trafficking in the region.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief Dustin Roberts, marking a significant achievement for local law enforcement agencies in curbing the distribution of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine in Arkansas.

Ethan Sullivan

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