Two sentenced for drugs, guns
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.