Jonesboro area drug trafficker sentenced to prison

Man sentenced on drug trafficking charges

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his connection to a drug trafficking operation in northeast Arkansas.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Joseph Farrell, 39, was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Another man, Jesus Cisneros, 46, of San Jose, California, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiracy.

According to the DOJ, Cisneros was "one of Farrell's main sources of methamphetamine". Farrell also sold between 5 and 15 pounds of methamphetamine in the Jonesboro area each week.

During the investigation, agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency seized nearly 100 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $1.9 million.

"Mr. Farrell led a sophisticated, widespread drug organization that put dozens of pounds of methamphetamine into our local communities, enough to poison entire towns," U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer said in a release. "These defendants today received significant sentences for significant crimes. This office is committed to stopping large-scale drug traffickers and protecting our communities from these criminals."

A grand jury indicted 22 people in October, 2014 for conspiracy after the undercover operation lead to the seizure of drugs. While the charges of two people were dismissed, 19 of the defendants have pleaded guilty.

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