HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT/AP) – A former Trumann police detective was sentenced and fined after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge.
Erik Willbanks pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in a Poinsett County courtroom Monday. A second similar charge was dismissed as part of the plea.
Willbanks was given a 60-month sentence and fined $1,000 and has to pay court costs.
Willbanks was arrested in 2013 as part of a drug investigation concerning former Trumann Police Chief Tony Rusher.
In Nov. 2013, Rusher pleaded guilty to a count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and was given a 60-month suspended sentence.
Rusher resigned in Feb. 2012 and Willbanks was fired the following month after an investigation into the theft of prescription drugs from the police department evidence room.