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Arkansas Drug "Kingpin" Sentenced to Life in Prison

JUNE 15, 2006 - Posted at 4:37 p.m. CST


LITTLE ROCK, AR - A man federal prosecutors said was a "kingpin" of an illegal drug operation in Arkansas has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Derek Isaac Allmon, Sr. of Dallas was found guilty by a jury on April 4 of twelve drug-and-violence-related counts.

U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson has recommended that Allmon serve his time in the most secure federal prison with a bed to house him.

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.

Cummins says the overall investigation resulted in 18 people being convicted.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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