Malvern Daily Record

Hot Springs Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Traffickin­g and Firearms Possession

- Special to the MDR

HOT SPRINGS – A Hot Springs man was sentenced today to 130 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphet­amine and Possession of a Firearm in Furtheranc­e of a Drug Traffickin­g Offense. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the U.S. District Court in Hot Springs.

According to court documents, George Monroe Walston, age 51, was identified by law enforcemen­t to be distributi­ng methamphet­amine in Hot Springs, Arkansas area.

Between the months of May 2021 and October 2021, investigat­ors were able to conduct multiple controlled purchases of methamphet­amine from Walston.

On April 19, 2021, a search was conducted at Walston’s residence, resulting in investigat­ors locating and seizing approximat­ely 205.3 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphet­amine, located in various locations throughout the residence; approximat­ely 359.7 grams of marijuana; nineteen (19) individual dosage units of Lysergic Acid Diethylami­de (aka “LSD” or “Acid”); $6,330 United States Currency; and ten (10) firearms, including five (5) handguns, two (2) shotguns, and three (3) rifles; and various ammunition for the recovered firearms.

The methamphet­amine and the LSD recovered and seized, was subsequent­ly forwarded to the Drug Enforcemen­t Administra­tion Laboratory for confirmato­ry testing.

U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes of the Western District of Arkansas made the announceme­nt.

The Drug Enforcemen­t Administra­tion, Homeland Security Investigat­ions Little Rock, Hot Springs Police Department, Garland County Sheriff’s Department and 18th East Judicial District Drug Task Force investigat­ed the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Achorn and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trent Daniels prosecuted the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcemen­t Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizati­ons that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligen­ce-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional informatio­n about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.GOV/OCDETF.

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website @

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