DEA “dismantles” Arkansas methamphetamine and money laundering ring that funded trucking company
This week, federal authorities convicted the last person involved in a drug operation that financed a trucking company, “thus ending the significant criminal activities of an eastern drug trafficking and money laundering organization.” of Arkansas ”.
On Thursday, Termaine Ontario Slaughter, 36, was sentenced to seven and a half years in federal prison, followed by five years on probation. Slaughter pleaded guilty late last year to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
During his conviction, Slaughter agreed to confiscate numerous firearms and five vehicles, including four highway trucks used by his trucking company and a Dodge Challenger.
According to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Slaughter is the fourth and final accused to be convicted in a large-scale methamphetamine and money laundering operation.
Authorities say from 2014 to 2018 Slaughter and co-defendants Demario Smith, 40, of Southaven, Mississippi, Elliott Davis, 41, of Colt, Montana Smith, 45, of Parkin, were involved in a distribution operation methamphetamine drug in Forrest City. , Arkansas. The operation reportedly involved the use of couriers who traveled the MegaBus from Memphis to Dallas and back to import methamphetamine from the Dallas area. The group also imported methamphetamine from California via the US mail and other postal services.
The drug proceeds were reportedly used to finance the trucking company Prudent Transport as well as a rental real estate company called Upscale Properties.
“The analysis showed that there was $ 877,359.60 in cash expenses for vehicles and other items that did not come from the accounts, including the purchase of semi-trailers for the trucking industry.” , the authorities said.
In November 2020, Demario Smith pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and, on May 26, 2021, was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
In November 2020, Davis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and on June 8, 2021, he was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
In November 2020, Montana Smith pleaded guilty to prison abuse and on June 9, 2021, he was sentenced to five years of probation.
“This investigation is an extraordinary example of thorough and methodical financial exploitation in an attempt to disrupt and dismantle the financial infrastructure of these methamphetamine drug trafficking organizations,” said Deputy Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement. Administration (DEA), Jarad Harper. “The DEA will relentlessly pursue, exploit and seize these illicit assets that drug traffickers intentionally and nefariously conceal to circumvent reporting requirements. Working with all of our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, we will continue to combine our resources to identify these ill-gotten funds being used to facilitate drug trafficking and violent crime in our region. By depleting these drug dealers of their income and eliminating their ability to continue to distribute this poison in Arkansas and beyond, we are saving lives. “
The matter was investigated by the DEA-Little Rock Field Office and the IRS-Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the Little Rock Police Department.