A man was found guilty of trafficking kratom this week and sentenced to a decade in prison.
A Greene County jury Wednesday found 46-year-old Marshall Ray Price guilty of trafficking a controlled substance.
Circuit Judge Randy Philhours followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Price to 10 years in prison.
On May 5, 2021, Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Carter conducted a routine traffic stop of Price’s vehicle, a press release from the prosecutor said. Price consented to a search of the vehicle, and law enforcement discovered a large amount of kratom—a Schedule I controlled substance in Arkansas—inside.
Wesley Watts and Alexia Butler—deputy prosecuting attorneys—prosecuted the case for the state. Watts and Butler thanked the jury for their service and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for their work.
Prosecuting Attorney Keith L. Chrestman praised the deputy prosecutors.
“Watts and Butler are sending a clear message: Our communities won’t tolerate drug trafficking,” Chrestman said in a release. “I’m thankful for their hard work and willingness to serve.”