A Hope, Ark., man was sentenced to eight years and a month in federal prison last week for conspiring to sell large amounts of methamphetamine.
Christopher Xavier Perry, 21, appeared Friday with Texarkana attorney Jasmine Crockett at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes in the Texarkana division of the Western District of Arkansas. As part of a plea bargain, Perry received 97 months in federal prison.
Perry became a target of an investigation into drug trafficking by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Arkansas State Police and local drug task forces last year, according to a criminal complaint on file in Perry’s federal case. Using a confidential source, agents determined Perry sold two pounds of meth for more than $25,000 in April 2014.
In May 2014, investigators used the confidential source to set up a buy with Perry in Prescott, Ark. Perry agreed to sell the source two pounds of methamphetamine for $12,600 per pound. On May 20, 2014, Perry agreed to meet the confidential source at America’s Best Value Inn in Prescott. Perry arrived at the hotel at about 4 p.m. carrying a cooler containing two plastic bags of meth which weighed about 919 grams.
Upon his release from federal prison, federal probation officials will supervise Perry for three years. If he commits a new crime or otherwise violates the terms of his supervised release, Perry could spend more time behind bars. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ross prosecuted the case. Perry has been in jail since his arrest in May 2014.