Sentences for 17 individuals arrested for methamphetamine-trafficking related crimes in the Harrison area have been handed down by the U.S. Department of Justice in the Western District of Arkansas.
According to court records, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the State of Arkansas 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force began investigating the drug trafficking organization of a Springdale man from April through October of 2016, seizing 1,770 grams of methamphetamine from the organization on September 7, 2016. The vast majority of the defendants were arrested during a multi-jurisdiction operation occurring on October 27, 2016.
Among those arrested was 54-year-old Edward "Eddie" Hugh Wade, Jr. of Yellville. Wade was sentenced earlier this month to 96 months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release on two counts of use of a communication facility to distribute methamphetamine.
Also arrested was 41-year-old Paul Gerald Stewart of Marshall. Stewart was sentenced November 2nd to 70 months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release on two counts of use of a communication facility to distribute methamphetamine.
Two individuals from St. Joe in Searcy County were among the 17. One of the two, 63-year-old Patricia Gayle Lewis-Zubkin was sentenced October 31st to 240 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The second individual from St. Joe, 43-year-old Jason Lee Lewis, was sentenced October 31st to 151 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
The Honorable Chief Judge P.K. Holmes, III presided over the sentencing hearings in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the Arkansas State Police, the Boone County Sheriff, the Newton County Sheriff, the Searcy County Sheriff, the Baxter County Sheriff, the Harrison Police Department, Eureka Springs Police Department, and the Arkansas National Guard. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Carter is prosecuting the case for the Western District of Arkansas.
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