SEP 30 (FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) – Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph W. Shepherd announced that Kyle Alexander, age 24 of Bethel Heights, Christopher Randolph, age 19 of Bethel Heights, and Noe Tovias, age 29 of San Benito, Texas, were sentenced today for offenses involving the possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Alexander was sentenced to 108 months in prison with 5 years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine, Randolph was sentenced to 108 months in prison with 5 years of supervised release and a $7,500 fine, and Tovias was sentenced to 12 years in prison with 5 years of supervised release and a $15,000 fine. The sentencing took place before the Honorable Jim Larry Hendren in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.
United States Attorney Eldridge stated, “Our office remains committed to prosecuting those involved in drug trafficking in Northwest Arkansas. We will continue to work with law enforcement to do all we can to identify drug trafficking activity in our district and to prosecute individuals responsible for it.”
According to court records, on February 19, 2013, officers approached the Springdale home of Noe Tovias to speak with him about suspected drug activity, but they were advised by a houseguest that Tovias was not home. The officers then set up surveillance on the home and observed Tovias return to the home a short while later. Christopher Randolph and Kyle Alexander were then observed arriving at the home in a minivan, going inside briefly, and then driving away. The minivan was subsequently pulled over for a traffic violation, and a K-9 sniff of the vehicle indicated the presence of drugs inside it. The vehicle was searched and approximately two pounds of methamphetamine was discovered inside it. A search of Alexander’s cell phone revealed a conversation with Tovias in which Alexander offered to pick up the methamphetamine from Tovias’s home when they discovered that the officers had come over to investigate his home for drug activity. After being advised of his Miranda rights, Randolph also admitted involvement with the methamphetamine in the minivan.
On May 28, 2013, Alexander and Randolph each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Tovias pleaded guilty to one count of possession of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
The cases were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the 4th Judicial District Arkansas Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Carter prosecuted the cases for the United States.