(via KARK) A Texas man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking, according to Kenneth Elser, United States attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.
Miguel A. Carbajal27, of Dallas, Texas was sentenced on Thursday to 240 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The Honorable P. K. Holmes, III presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.
According to court records, on August 7, 2015, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received information that Carbajal was bringing approximately 2 kilograms of methamphetamine into Fort Smith. Agents with the DEA were able to arrange for a controlled purchase of four pounds of methamphetamine from Carbajal.
Carbajal had a juvenile male go out to his vehicle and retrieve the meth, and after the transaction was made, he got in his car and left at a high rate of speed nearly hitting several law enforcement vehicles. Officers were able to stop him after he drove his car into a ditch, and they apprehended him when he jumped out of the car and attempted to flee on foot.
The suspected substance was sent for testing and the results were positive to be 1,431 grams of actual methamphetamine. Carbajal was arrested on August 10, 2015 and pleaded guilty to the charge on December 10, 2015.
“Federal and local law enforcement has successfully collaborated in order to put this drug dealer in jail for 20 years as a result of his desire to supply the citizens in the Fort Smith area with methamphetamine, said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matthew Barden. “It is disturbing when drug suppliers exert control over the lives of young people, enlisting them in the culture of drug trafficking and violence. DEA will remain relentless in our efforts to cripple these dealers and remove them from our neighborhoods, keeping our communities safe.”
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Smith Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Aaron Jennen prosecuted the case for the United States.