Fort Smith Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Drug Store Burglary

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A Fort Smith man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday (July 1) for a drug store burglary last year.

After being indicted by a federal grand jury, Mark Anthony Teas, 34, pleaded guilty in January to stealing a large amount of Oxycontin pills from Prince Drug Store on July 3, 2012, according to Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

The sentencing took place before the Honorable P.K. Holmes III in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith. Judge Holmes imposed an enhanced sentence based on Teas’ extensive criminal history and also ordered Teas to pay $21,915 in restitution, which represents the value of the drugs stolen and the damage to the pharmacy.

On July 3, 2012, Teas stole a large amount of Oxycontin pills from the pharmacy and then went to Moundsville, West Virginia, to sell the drugs, according to court documents. Two days after he arrived in West Virginia, officers conducted a traffic stop and found the bottles of pills, which were traced back to Prince Drug.