Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Williams was sentenced to 120 months in prison with 5 years of supervised release, and Baker, was sentenced to 120 months in prison with 5 years of supervised release. United States District Judge Susan O. Hickey handed down the sentences in federal court in Texarkana.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “With the investigation, arrest, and now sentencing of these two individuals, two more drug-traffickers have been put out of business in the Texarkana area. Other crimes, sometimes violent, often accompany this type of illegal activity, and prosecuting those involved remains a top priority of this office. We appreciate and will continue to work with law enforcement to do all we can to identify drug-trafficking activity and to prosecute the individuals responsible for it to the fullest extent of the law.”
According to court records in Williams’ case, on October 2, 2011, officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Williams and discovered baggies containing 133.5 grams of cocaine, 27.8654 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, digital scales, cooking utensils, drug items, and a pistol.
Williams provided post-Miranda statements in which he admitted to possessing the drugs in his residence and distributing crack cocaine in the Texarkana area. Williams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of cocaine base on October 26, 2012.
According to court records in Baker’s case, beginning in 2010, agents launched an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization distributing methamphetamine in the Western District of Arkansas. DEA agents conducted five controlled buys of methamphetamine from Baker using audio/video recording equipment and monitored phone calls during which Baker stated he would sell methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Baker provided a post-Miranda statement in which he admitted to distributing methamphetamine. Kevin Baker pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine on September 24, 2013.
The cases were investigated by the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth Elser and Matthew Quinn prosecuted the cases for the United States.