Prosecutor: 5 Sentenced In Arkansas Drug-trafficking Case

Sep 6, 2013

Federal prosecutors say five people have been sentenced to prison or probation following an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization that was distributing methamphetamine in the northwest Arkansas area.

Prosecutors say the five people sentenced this week were charged in an eight-count indictment filed in March.

Online court records show that all five pleaded guilty to various charges in April. Prosecutors say the charges follow an investigation into an organization involved in distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in northwest Arkansas.

Authorities say Arturo Vaca-Raya of Springdale was identified as the leader of the organization.

Prosecutors say he was sentenced to 40 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Three others were sentenced to lesser prison terms for various charges, and one person was sentenced to five years' probation.