Eight Arrested in Hot Springs Drug Trafficking Bust

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HOT SPRINGS, AR (News release) – Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas announced that eight individuals have been arrested on federal crimes involving large scale drug trafficking of methamphetamine in Hot Springs and the surrounding area.

U.S. Attorney Eldridge commented, “The city of Hot Springs has been plagued by drug trafficking, violence and other associated crime. With this case, numerous drug traffickers in the area have been arrested and are being prosecuted. Cleaning up criminal activity – much of which stems from drug trafficking – is vital to the success and growth of Hot Springs, as it is for all communities. We appreciate the hard work of the agencies involved in the investigation of this case, and will continue to vigorously prosecute this type of activity throughout the Western
District of Arkansas.”

The following individuals have been arrested: Mark Alston, age 39; Cedric Easter, age 30; Jake Parker, age 27; Quayshaun Walker, age 23; Brian Robbins, age 33; Jerry Lee Rudkin, age 29; Jasmer West, age 25; Larry Nevels Jr., age 29, all of the Hot Springs area. Agencies involved in the investigation include the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the 18th Judicial East Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris is prosecuting the cases for the United States.

The charges in the indictments are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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