Investigation Results In 49 Drug Arrests, 11 In Arkansas And Oklahoma

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An investigation known as “Operation Shaw-Crank Redemption” resulted in 49 individuals being arrested on suspicion of drug-trafficking, and 11 of those individuals were from either Arkansas or Oklahoma, according to a news release.

The 11 individuals arrested face a combined total of over 93 years in prison, according to a news release from Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

The large-scale drug-trafficking organization was active in the Fort Smith area.

U. S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “The sentences handed down in this case, represent significant prison time for large-scale drug-traffickers that brought methamphetamine and crime onto our streets.  We must do all we can to keep children in our community safe from drugs and other illegal activity.”

He continued, “I thank the dedicated members of local, state, and federal law enforcement who have worked together to make certain that these defendants were brought to justice.  Our office remains committed to seeing that each and every defendant involved in this case is held responsible for his or her criminal conduct.”

Starting in August, 2012, authorities began to look into the drug trafficking of Gerardo Gamboa, also known as “Tio.” Gamboa was the head of this organization and was bringing in and selling pound quantities of methamphetamine in the River Valley area, according to the release.

Due to the large scale of the investigation, it was designated an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. The investigation resulted in a total of 49 arrests and prosecutions, including the defendants charged as part of this organization.

The two-year investigation resulted in the seizure of 22 pounds of meth, 10 firearms, $5,000, four cars and two motorcycles valued at $25,000, according to the release.

The Arkansas and Oklahoma defendants were sentenced as follows:

  • Gerardo Gamboa, 36, an illegal alien of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.  Gamboa received a sentencing enhancement for being the leader of the organization.
  • Salvador Guerrero-Lopez, 30, an illegal alien of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to 135 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
  • Miguel Gonzalez, 22, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Huy Tran, 34, of Fort Smith, Arkansas was sentenced to 63 months in prison for distributing methamphetamine.
  • Sabrina Shepard, 25, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Michael Rouell, 37, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 151 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Curtis Atkins, 48, of Spiro, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 130 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Ana Esparza, 30, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Jessica Sparks, 29, of Keota, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Maria Terresa Hernandez, 41, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
  • Abraham Jaimes, 28, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The final defendants in this case are set to be sentenced in June, according to the news release.


  • ExcessTaxes

    They always have to throw in the “keep our children safe” to tug on the heart strings of people. The Truth is people are going to get their hands on drugs regardless of arresting a group of people. Only on TV do people selling drugs go up to little kids and try to sell them drugs, especially in this area. Now we have 49 people who will be taking up space in the prison system for multiple years who were selling meth to people who are going to get meth from someone else. As tax payers we are now going to be shelling out money to keep these people locked up while there are child molesters who get less time than this. I’d rather pay for keeping molesters behind bars than someone who is earning money by supplying people with something they want as will find it regardless of these people behind bars.

  • Vet Wife

    did you notice that the 2 at the head of it are illegal aliens?? and our Prez wants to give them legal status and give them jobs and money and homes and everything else that our military veterans cant get no matter what they do. our vets fight and die and are wounded for this country and die trying to get the medical care they need and dont have their own home and cant feed their families and illegal Mexicans get everything handed to them on a silver platter.

    • Anon

      Illegal Mexicans?! Mexicans aren’t the only illegals here. You know maybe if they were legal here then they could get a decent job and wouldnt have to break the law to get money. Put yourself in their shoes

      • Arnold Fudpucker

        Come on the mexicans are the vast majority of the illegal aliens and you know it. Decent job! B.S. These types of vermin wouldn’t take a decent job. They are criminals period. And that ” put yourself in their shoes” statement is just plain foolish. I don’t want them in my shoes or theirs I just want them gone. Let’s face it, you libs would excuse the snake that bit you. You sit idly by watching the ongoing invasion and destruction of our country and culture and you want ME to be in their shoes!

    • Fact Checker 101

      Our President wants to give children born in the USA a path to citizenship. They NEVER lived in Mexico. What jobs is the current President giving to illegal Mexicans; in what way is he giving them money; and the President has nothing to do with veteran’s owning homes. There is a veterans loan administered thru banks if you are qualified, you can borrow money for a home. In 2006 to 2009 Fannie Mae went under due to selling people’s home loans to whomever they pleased and the mortgages were called in after a period of time. Derivatives. It was a dark time in our history to see families lose their homes due to derivatives.

      Many bills proposed by the Senate in the last five years are voted down by the House. They don’t want to help anyone. So, vote Democrat if you want help because the stingy Republicans want to feather the nest of their rich cronies and themselves. Fact. This is the worst Congress in history. Fact.

      Obama has deported more immigrants than any other president in history. Fact.

      • Arnold Fudpucker

        Nice regurgitation of the demoncrats talking points memo. You had an extra cup of the kool-aid.

      • Sarah 1

        To Arnold

        Whine whine whine. No meat and potatoes, just whining.

        Oh did you want wine with that Arnold, Tom, Uncle Tom, Taz, Elephas?
        You have so many names you use, are you HL as well? After such a mishap you have shown your Republican brotherhood how you mislead just as ‘they’ mislead. NO credibility whatsover. The rat caught in his own trap. How many web sites do you troll?

    • Jerry

      Vet wife, a silver platter? Yea every nice neighborhood I drive down that’s all I see is illegals there not living but mowing yards. Have you ever had to live hang at a chicken plant? Believe me you don’t want to. When was the last time you mowed someone lawn for money, or applied for a job at a chicken, cooked in a restaurant, or cleaned someone else’s hotel room. The fact is there is a lot of hard working Mexicans here in the U.S. Just because two of these men are illegal does not mean that the rest are line this. The majority if them want to just come and work to support there families. Truth is if the demand wasn’t so high for drugs in the U.S. they wouldn’t be selling it. Don’t base your judgment of a whole race from two men. I am willing to bet you don’t know any illegal immigrants to base this judgment off of and this so called silver platter.

    • Leten Uno

      The push for amnesty stared under George bush. Vet wife they are not going back. Once you bring them in you have authority and some control over them. Better to have them documented and maybe paying taxes than illegal. Being legal they might score a real job. It could happen. Please use brain before opening mouth

    • Richard

      They cut my grass , clean my toilet , and take care of my wife because I don’t do her any more because she got fat and ugly

    • Arnold Fudpucker

      Compared to the treatment US citizens receive from the mexican gubbamint, yes, the illegals receive a silver platter. Don’t try to tell people that these illegals aren’t receiving gubbamint benefits. They are! Why do you think they keep streaming, unchecked virtually, across the border?

      • Sarah 1

        To Tom, Arnold, Taz, Elephas and whatever other name you are using.

        They stream across the border and enter legally to give their families better lives. Ever traveled? Visit Mexico outside of the tourist areas and you would see why they seek better futures for their children.

      • Leten Uno

        Obama has built more border fence, funded more to border control, pt more troops and assets on the border,deported more than any president in History. Illegal crossings are at a 70 year low. You GOP puppet voters are really uninformed.

  • Mick Mccartney

    So now,,, they don’t have to work two jobs, pay rent, buy food, stay safe and “improve” themselves, lift weights or pay taxes and we get to pay for them. And the way it has gone for decades is that others have replaced their “position.”

  • atc8824

    The word illegal immigrant seems to come up lots in these type of situations but we do not need secured borders and for people come here legally with back ground checks.Heck we might keep a drug dealer out of America.

  • C

    What about the white people that was caught? Nobody mentions the fact that they were leaching off if society. They was probably able to get benefits and probably mental disability checks since they’re citizens here.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    Where did they say anything about white people? Could have been black, Arabic or Asian for instance. Did anyone deny that white people live off gubbamint welfare too? The comments are primarily given in response to the stated fact that two of the leaders of this bunch of vermin where, in fact, illegals. Since we know from your previous posts that you are mexican you must be a racist!

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