Arkansas Drug Lord Convicted on Multiple Counts

APRIL 5, 2006 - Posted at 1:25 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A man who federal prosecutors say was a major figure in much of Arkansas' illicit drug trade is to be sentenced on a dozen convictions.

Derek Isaac Allmon was convicted on twelve counts Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.  He could face life in prison when he is sentenced on August 18.

Prosecutors say Allmon ruled over a drug empire that stretched from Dallas to Little Rock to Memphis to St. Louis.

Allmon was convicted of conspiring to kill a federal witness and attempted murder of a federal witness for the shooting of a man who testified at Allmon's trial, Turna Grigsby.  Allmon also was convicted on multiple drug charges and a firearm charge.  He was accused of distributing cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins said the convictions, plus a February 7 conviction of alleged kingpen Bobby Banks and a guilty plea by alleged major drug dealer Robert Brevard III helps shut down area drug networks.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)