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James Terry Sentenced to 40 Years on Drug Charges


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This month, a jury trial was conducted in the Southern District of Logan County at the courthouse in Booneville in a case where James Terry, 57, of Booneville, was charged with several drug crimes.  The incident for this jury trial happened on June 18, 2021, when the Logan County Sheriff's Office, the Booneville Police Department, and an agent from the 15th Judicial District Drug Task Force executed search warrants at a house on South State Highway 116 south of Booneville and seized approximately 3.16 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamines, approximately $16,078 in cash, six firearms, drug paraphernalia, and stolen power tools and equipment.  James, who lives at the residence, was arrested and charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (x2); and Maintaining a Drug Premises.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tyler Barham. 

The jury found James guilty of all of the above-stated charges and sentenced him to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.  The two most serious charges were Trafficking a Controlled Substance and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms which are both Class Y felonies and the sentence is 10 to 40 years or life.  The jury gave him the maximum of 40 years on those charges.  Tyler Barham and the law enforcement officers from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, Booneville Police Department, and the 15th Judicial Drug Task Force did a great job in presenting the evidence in the case.