Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Bruce Wayne Billingsley, age 63, was sentenced yesterday to 78 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release for possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, in April 2018, the Veterans Administration (VA) Police Department received information that Billingsley, a VA employee, was distributing methamphetamine to other VA employees. On June 9, 2018, the defendant traveled to the Cherokee Casino to purchase a quarter pound of methamphetamine for $2,000. Detectives made contact with him and seized approximately four (4) ounces of methamphetamine upon his return from West Siloam Springs.

A federal grand jury indicted Billingsley in December 2018, and he entered a guilty plea in March 2019.

This case was investigated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police, the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Denis Dean prosecuted the case for the United States.

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