Federal Grand Jury Hands Down 25-Count Federal Drug Indictment against Newport Alderman

January 6, 2005 - posted at 5:39 p.m. CDT, updated at 5:50 p.m. On 1/7/05

Newport, AR - K8 News learned late Thursday afternoon that a federal grand jury in Little Rock has handed down a 25-count indictment on drug-related charges against a member of the Newport City Council, 54 year old Pinkey McFarlin.

McFarlin spent the day on Friday in Little Rock trying to clear things up.

"He's in shock just like we were," said daughter Aimee McFarlin.

The McFarlin girls are standing by their parents completely, saying the feds have got it all wrong.

"He would lose sleep to help someone, that's the kind of father I have," said Aimee. "She's a missionary and a church woman, there just ain't no way, there ain't no way."

According to a 9 page indictment affidavit from the office of U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins, McFarlin is charged with ten counts of knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute less than 5 grams of crack cocaine, and 15 counts of possession with intent to distribute xanax. His wife Tammie McFarlin is named in 2 counts. These indictments stem from alleged drug deals over a 6 month period from May to November of 2004.

"No. He has a bad heart for one thing, there ain't no way," said Aimee.

Pinkey McFarlin just started his second term as a Newport alderman, and serves as President of the Jackson County chapter of the NAACP.

"So apparently someone is out to get him," said McFarlin's daughter.

"He's a city council member and he was elected by the people of his ward, I don't know of any conspiracy or anything that the city or the police department has to do with this case," said Newport Mayor David Stewart.

"He's going to fight all the way. I believe he will to make sure that things come out right for him and my mom," said Aimee.

If convicted, the McFarlins face up to 20 years in prison on the most serious charges.