Fort Smith Man Sentenced To Seven Years For Selling Meth

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A Fort Smith man was sentenced to seven years for selling methamphetamine, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge.

Randal Jernigan, 31, was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, officials said.

Eldridge commented, “The trafficking and distribution of illegal drugs represents a tremendous problem in our communities, bringing crime and violence onto our streets, and exposing our children to serious risks.  Today’s sentence shows that our office, joined by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, remains committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal drug trafficking in Fort Smith and across the Western District of Arkansas.”

Court records state on April 30, 2014, a confidential informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) met with Jernigan at a local business in Fort Smith to discuss arrangements for a drug deal to be completed later that same day.

Jernigan later sold the informant one ounce of meth for $1,000, the release states.

He pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of meth on Sept. 30, 2014, according to Eldridge.


  • Kristie Jernigan

    I stand as his sister by his side, regardless of his choices in life. Yes, he has been in prison more than once in the past and is obviously returning, but we have hope as a family that his life will turn around and that he will become the man we already know he is. There is no justifying the acts of my brother, because he did break the law but at the same time, he did accept his punishment, so for that he does deserve credit. In this world, there are so many different addictions and crimes that are commited more often than we would like to admit. It is sad to see so many people commenting on this who I know personally, know my brother and want to act like they are better than him when you know that you, yourself was associated with him to begin with. The truth of the matter is, every family has issues.. every family has problems… NO family is perfect and the only thing that can make this world a better place is prayer. SO, INSTEAD OF TALKING BAD ABOUT MY BROTHER AND PUTTING HIM DOWN, PLEASE LIFT HIS NAME UP IN PRAYER! Thank you!

    • Susan Ostensen

      Well said Kristie, I only met him once when he came by my daughters’ because the same thing had happened to her. The girl that set her up did it to beat some burglary charges she had and they had known eachother since grade school. There is so much wrong with the sysyem as it is, there should be more help for addicts than prison.

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