DeKalb man sentenced to eight years for drug trafficking


Texarkana, Arkansas – Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that David E. Haskell, age 28, of DeKalb, Texas, was sentenced today to 100 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Texarkana.

According to court records, on March 11, 2016, investigators with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, the Texarkana Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation utilized a confidential informant to arrange a purchase of methamphetamine from David Haskell. Officers conducted surveillance on the residence of Haskell as the transaction occurred. The confidential informant provided Haskell with $430.00 in exchange for one-half ounce of methamphetamine. The suspected substance was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab where it was determined to be a total of 12.8 grams of methamphetamine with a 90.4% purity level.

Haskell was indicted by a federal grand jury in May, 2016 and pleaded guilty to the charge in October, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miller County Sheriff’s, and the Texarkana Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin Wulff prosecuted the case for the United States.

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