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Springdale man sentenced to 14 years in prison for drug trafficking

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – A Springdale man was sentenced on January 13 to 14 years in prison followed by three years of controlled release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Western Arkansas District, investigators from the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force in February 2020 received information that Remberto Alexander Rivera was distributing methamphetamine in northwestern Arkansas and that he was on probation. with a search exemption without a warrant on file.

Rivera was released by the Arkansas Department of Correction in October 2019.

The statement states that on March 3, 2020, investigators were carrying out surveillance at a hotel in Springdale.

Detectives saw Rivera arrive at the hotel in a vehicle, get out and retrieve a backpack, according to the release.

The release claims that investigators asked for identification of Rivera, who he claimed he did not have and also refused to identify himself.

Rivera was arrested and searched. During the search, the release said investigators spotted multiple bags of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and $ 3,440.

The statement states that Rivera was released on bail on March 11, 2020.

In May 2020, the statement said Rivera fought with officers from the Fayetteville Police Department as they responded to citizens’ complaints of drug activity in a Fayetteville neighborhood.

Rivera attempted to take an officer’s taser and another officer’s gun, according to the release. Rivera was arrested and his vehicle searched.

The statement said officers found two guns and drug accessories commonly used in drug trafficking.

Rivera was convicted as a career criminal due to the nature of his previous felony convictions, according to the release.

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