Trial Begins for Newport Alderman Facing Federal Drug Charges

NOVEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - More testimony is expected in federal court at Little Rock today in the trial of Newport Alderman Pinkey McFarlin on drug charges.  A jury was seated, opening statements delivered and testimony began yesterday.  Three charges against McFarlin's wife Tammie were dismissed.

The alderman faces 25 counts related to the possession and distribution of crack cocaine and the tranquilizer Xanax.  He also faces a charge of witness tampering accusing him of telling a prosecution witness in April that she'd be "dead meat" if she testifies at his trial.

After opening statements yesterday, prosecutors questioned one witness on how confidential informants in investigations work.  The alderman claims he was entrapped by law enforcement officers during their investigation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)