Malvern man sen­tenced to fed­eral prison


A Malvern man was sen­tenced to fed­eral prison Thurs­day for drug traf­fick­ing in Gar­land County fol­low­ing a hear­ing in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Hot Springs, a news re­lease said.

Larry Speakar, 51, was sen­tenced to eight years and four months in prison, fol­lowed by three years of su­per­vised re­lease, on one count of pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute meth. He was in­dicted on the charge by a fed­eral grand jury in June 2017 and pleaded guilty in March.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, in March 2017, in­ves­ti­ga­tors with the 18th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict East Drug Task Force and Home­land Se­cu­rity ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the drug traf­fick­ing ac­tiv­ity of Speakar, mak­ing three con­trolled pur­chases of meth from him in March and April.

On April 26, 2017, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers stopped a ve­hi­cle in Hot Springs for speed­ing. The driver, later iden­ti­fied as Speakar, was on pa­role and had a search waiver on file. A search of his ve­hi­cle re­sulted in of­fi­cers lo­cat­ing two plas­tic bags con­tain­ing at least 50 grams of what later field tested pos­i­tive for meth.

As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney David Har­ris pros­e­cuted the case with Judge Su­san O. Hickey pre­sid­ing.

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