Duane Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that two Fort Smith men were sentenced to a combined total of over 32 years in Federal Prison for drug trafficking charges.
Jose Escalante, age 36 of Fort Smith, was sentenced to 200 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Jose Alonso Garcia, age 38 of Fort Smith, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on one count Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Court records show that the Drug Enforcement Administration has been investigating Escalante since September of 2016 when they learned he was distributing methamphetamine in the area. Multiple controlled purchases were conducted with Escalante, including one controlled purchase where Garcia drove Esaclante to meet with an undercover agent and assisted with the drug transaction.
Escalante and Garcia were indicted by a federal grand jury in March of 2018. Garcia and Escalante both plead guilty following their indictment.
Multiple law enforcement agencies participated in investigations of this cause including: DEA, ATF, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Smith Police Department, the Barling Police Department, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, The Van Buren Police Department, and the 12th/21st Judicial District Drug Task Force.