Drug Enforcement Administration

New Orleans

Stephen G. Azzam, Special Agent in Charge

April 28, 2017

Contact: SA Debbie Webber

Phone Number: (504) 840-1100

Hot Springs Heroin Trafficker Sentenced

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Mark Hudson of Hot Springs was sentenced this week to 110 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on each count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Distribution of Methamphetamine, announced DEA Assistant Special-Agent-in-Charge Matthew Barden and Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. The sentences are to run concurrent with each other. 

According to court records in August 2014 law enforcement began investigating Mark Hudson for the distribution of heroin. Agents used a confidential source to arrange for and conduct at least six controlled purchases of heroin from Hudson in Hot Springs, exchanging funds for the purchase of the heroin. In November 2014 the confidential source exchanged $200 for a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine from Hudson. Hudson was indicted by a federal jury in July 2015 and pled guilty in February 2016.

Hudson’s co-defendant, Titus D. Denton, age 33, of Benton, was sentenced on July 29, 2016 to 60 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin.

“We will continue to attack the scourge of methamphetamine and heroin distribution in Arkansas and beyond,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Matthew Barden. “The sentencing of Mark Hudson should send a message to those who want to sell drugs.  We are going to catch you and put you in federal prison if you distribute this poison in our communities.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration, 18th Judicial Drug Task Force, and Hot Springs Police Department assisted in the investigation. 

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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