EL DORADO, ARGIVAL COUNTY, On Thursday, a California man was sentenced to 170 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release on one count of methamphetamine possession with the intent to distribute and one count of handgun possession in furtherance of a narcotics trafficking violation.
Susan O. Hickey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court in El Dorado, presided over the sentencing hearing.
On Aug. 2, 2019, a deputy with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began tailing a vehicle after it committed a traffic infraction, and the pursuit continued after the driver refused to pull over.
The deputy maintained his pursuit of the vehicle despite the fact that many other deputies and officers were sent for assistance. While the driver continued fleeing, a male passenger leaped out of the vehicle. As the vehicle continued to drive erratically, it collided with a Magnolia Police unit.
The vehicle was eventually stopped after law police shot out the vehicle’s two rear tyres. The driver then exited the truck and made his way towards the woods.
After conducting a search of the vehicle, law officers discovered and seized five weapons, a jar of marijuana, baggies, and a suspected methamphetamine bag. The suspected methamphetamine was analysed at the Arkansas Crime Laboratory and determined to contain 255.4 grammes of methamphetamine.
The driver was identified as Damien Andrew Wolfson, 28, and an active warrant out of California was discovered during the inquiry.
Law enforcement obtained evidence later in the inquiry that Wolfson was on his way to Texarkana in an SUV. The SUV was identified, and during a traffic check, law enforcement discovered and arrested Wolfson, who was hiding in the SUV’s back cargo compartment.
The statement was made by United States Attorney David Clay Fowlkes.
The case was investigated by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, the Magnolia Police Department, and the ATF.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sydney Butler.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a collaboration of all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve with the goal of reducing violent crime and making our neighbourhoods safer for everyone.
The Department of Justice resurrected PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on violent criminals, directing all United States Attorneys’ Offices to collaborate with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.