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Case Number: 4:18-cr-00054-KGB
Judge: Kristine G. Baker
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (Pulaski County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Little Rock, Arkansaw criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute drugs.
Sparkle Hobbs, a/k/a Sparkle Bryant, age 33, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. She was also charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl, possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and misprision (concealment) of a felony.
The evidence at trial indicated that Hobbs sold methamphetamine to an informant, which led to a search warrant at her residence in February of 2018. Law enforcement located five firearms, approximately $29,000 in cash, 103 grams of fentanyl, 497 grams of methamphetamine, and .049 grams of heroin in the residence. The jury returned their guilty verdict Tuesday evening. The Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); and Arkansas State Police conducted the investigation, which is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anne Gardner and Amanda Jegley and tried before United States District Judge Kristine G. Baker.
Outcome: 07/27/2021 173 MINUTES for proceedings held before Judge Kristine G. Baker: JURY TRIAL (Day 2) as to Sparkle Hobbs held on 7/27/2021. Government continues proof; Government rest; Defense puts on proof; Defense rests; Government puts on rebuttal case; Court reads jury instructions to jury; Closing arguments by each side; CSO sworn; Jurors retire for deliberations at 2:47 p.m.; Guilty verdicts as to all counts as to defendant was published at 4:49 p.m.; Jurors excused from further service; Defendant detained pending sentencing. Court adjourned. (AUSAs Anne Gardner and Amanda Jegley, Defense counsel: John Wesley Hall and Samantha Carpenter) (Court Reporter Valarie Flora) (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 174 EXHIBIT LIST by USA as to Sparkle Hobbs. (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 175 WITNESS LIST by USA as to Sparkle Hobbs. (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 176 WITNESS LIST by Sparkle Hobbs. (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 177 Jury Instructions as to Sparkle Hobbs. (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 178 JURY VERDICTS as to Sparkle Hobbs: Guilty on Counts 1ss, 2ss, 3ss, 6ss and 7ss. (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)
07/27/2021 179 RECEIPT for Exhibits by USA. (tmw) (Entered: 07/27/2021)