EUREKA SPRINGS (KFSM) – A Carroll County man accused of distributing methamphetamine appeared in court on Friday (Aug. 29), according to a news release from U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge.
Fernando Canales-Mendoza, 52, of Green Forest appeared in Fort Smith before Judge James Marchewski, the release states.
In early 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization in Eureka Springs, according to the release.
Law enforcement made two purchases of meth during controlled buys that took place during the investigation, the release states.
On Aug. 27, authorities arrested Canales-Mendoza on a warrant, according to the release.
During the arrest, a search warrant was executed on Canales-Mendoza’s residence, and investigators found approximately 140 grams of meth, the release states.
U. S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “Kids in Carroll County and all across our district deserve to grow up in communities free from drug trafficking and the violence and other crime that comes with it.”
He continued, “Our office remains focused on identifying and prosecuting those responsible for bringing large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs onto our streets. I appreciate the cooperative effort in this investigation between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”
The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Carter is prosecuting the case, according to the release.