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Three Hot Springs, Arkansas, Men Sentenced to Total of 15 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Firearm Related Offenses

JAN 29 (HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matthew Barden and Kenneth Elser, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that three men were sentenced for drug and firearm related offenses in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Jerry Lee Rudkin, 30, was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine;  Jasmer West, 26, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine;  Brian Robbins, 34, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release on one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. 

According to court records, in September 2014, DEA agents in Little Rock began receiving information from the 18th East Drug Task Force that Jerry Rudkin was a distributor of methamphetamine in Hot Springs and surrounding areas. On October 8, 2014, agents made a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Rudkin.  A federal grand jury issued an indictment for Rudkin on November 19, 2014, and he pleaded guilty to one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine on March, 27, 2015.

On October 2, 2014, agents with Homeland Security Investigations and the 18th East Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from Jasmer West. A federal grand jury issued an indictment for West on November 19, 2014, and he pleaded guilty to one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine on April, 23, 2015.

On August 25, 2014, Homeland Security Investigations and the 18th East Drug Task Force made a controlled purchase of methamphetamine and a.45 caliber pistol from Robbins.  On August 27, 2014, investigators executed a search warrant at Robbins’ residence based upon the drug transaction and located and seized two .22 rifles, two small bags of cocaine and one small bag of methamphetamine. On September 9, 2014, the defendant was located and arrested. During an interview of Robbins, he admitted that all of the guns and drugs found in his house belonged to him. Robbins was charged on November 19, 2014 and pleaded guilty on June 5, 2015.

These cases were investigated by the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations and the 18th East Drug Task Force. 

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.  

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