Newport Alderman Pleads Guilty in Federal Drug Trial

NOVEMBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 3:34 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Newport alderman Pinkey McFarlin has pleaded guilty to a single drug charge, putting an end to a two-week trial.

McFarlin testified Friday at his trial on 25 counts of drug trafficking and one charge of witness tampering, that he was not a drug dealer.  The trial was to have continued today, but McFarlin entered his plea.

U.S. District Judge George Howard, Jr.'s office says McFarlin entered the guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 3.6 ounces of crack cocaine.

McFarlin will be sentenced later.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)