Man pleads guilty to trafficking meth

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A Hope, Ark., man pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine at a federal court hearing in Texarkana last week.

The FBI began investigating suspected drug trafficking by Lacortney D. Sanders, 34, aka “Supreme,” in October 2013. Agents identified Sanders as a supplier of meth in Hempstead County and “elsewhere in the Western District of Arkansas,” with the help of cooperating sources, according to a plea agreement filed last week in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas.

Sanders entered a guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine last week at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. A charge of conspiracy to distribute meth in 2013 and 2014 is expected to be dismissed at sentencing.

Accoding to the plea agreement, Sanders sold “ice,” a street name for methamphetamine for $800 per ounce. An undercover operative paid Sanders $2,400 in FBI “buy money” for three ounces of meth in November 2013. Sanders was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 25, 2015. He has been in jail since his arrest on the federal charges Oct. 16, 2015.

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Sanders’ case will be scheduled for sentencing once the court has received a report from federal pretrial services which will include a recommendation for sentencing under federal guidelines. Sanders faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison and a maximum of life. A fine up to $1 million is possible.

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