A man from Springdale was sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Christopher McCarty, 44, was sentenced today to 168 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, and a fine of $7,400.00, for one count of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute.
According to court records, in July 2018, the Springdale Police Department Narcotics Unit identified McCarty as a distributor of methamphetamine in Northwest Arkansas.
Investigators arranged and conducted two controlled purchases of methamphetamine from McCarty. After the controlled purchases, information was obtained that McCarty was bringing methamphetamine to Northwest Arkansas from a supplier in the Little Rock area.
As part of the investigation, a traffic stop was conducted by Arkansas State Troopers on McCarty’s vehicle as a result of traffic violations on Interstate 49. During the traffic stop, officers located a taped bundle of suspected methamphetamine lying in a ditch near where McCarty’s vehicle was stopped.
A subsequent review of the state trooper’s dash cam video showed, the bundle being thrown from McCarty’s vehicle as it was being pulled over.
The substance recovered was submitted to the DEA crime laboratory for testing, and the results confirmed that the substance contained approximately 110 grams of actual methamphetamine.
McCarty was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2018, entered a guilty plea in December 2018.