Two sen­tenced for drugs, guns

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

FAYETTEVILLE — Two cen­tral Arkansas men were sen­tenced to fed­eral pri­son for drug and gun charges.

Paul Gos­ton, 40, of Lit­tle Rock was sen­tenced Thurs­day to three years and four months in pri­son and three years su­per­vised re­lease on one count of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

His co-de­fen­dant, Jef­fery Atkins, 39, of Eng­land, was pre­vi­ously sen­tenced to six years and two months in pri­son and three years su­per­vised re­lease on one count each of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pos­ses­sion of a firearm in fur­ther­ance of a drug traf­fick­ing of­fense.

Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion agents were watch­ing Atkins as part of an un­der­cover op­er­a­tion on Nov. 8, 2015, when he left his Lit­tle Rock res­i­dence, picked up Gos­ton and headed to­ward North­west Arkansas.

A Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputy stopped the car later that day and smelled mar­i­juana in the car.

A Smith & Wes­son 9mm pis­tol was on the floor­board be­hind the driver’s seat and 98.7 grams of metham­phetamine was in the car.

Both men had at least one prior felony con­vic­tion and were pro­hib­ited from pos­sess­ing firearms.

Atkins and Gos­ton were in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury in De­cem­ber 2015 and pleaded guilty last sum­mer.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney David Har­ris pros­e­cuted the case.

U. S. Dis­trict Judge Tim Brooks presided over both sen­tenc­ing hear­ings in U.S. Dis­trict Court.

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