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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Harris convicted for possession of drugs, guns

  • A Clark County jury convicted Leslie John Harris, 34, of 5402 Highway 8, Arkadelphia, on Thursday of two counts of possession of ecstasy with the intent to deliver, possession of prohibitive weapons and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

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  • A Clark County jury convicted Leslie John Harris, 34, of 5402 Highway 8, Arkadelphia, on Thursday of two counts of possession of ecstasy with the intent to deliver, possession of prohibitive weapons and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
    The jury of four women and eight men returned sentences of 40 years on each of the drug offenses, 40 years for the simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and six years on the possession of a prohibitive weapon charge.
    Harris was arrested following an investigation by Clark County sheriff’s deputies in March of 2011. At the time of his arrest, Harris was in possession of 40 tablets of ecstasy, a controlled substance. Further investigation by Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigators and a search of Harris’ home revealed another large quantity of ecstasy along with digital scales and firearms.
    Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson praised the law enforcement officers in the case.
    “We live in a great county,” he said. “We have dedicated officers that work very hard to keep us safe.” Commenting on the cooperation of law enforcement in the case, Batson said, “We are fortunate to live in a county where our law enforcement agencies work together.”
    The case involved testimony from members of the Clark County sheriff’s department, Arkadelphia Police Department and the drug task force.
    Batson added, “We have responsible and reasonable juries in Clark County. I asked the jury to send a message to demonstrate that the citizens of Clark County will not tolerate this behavior in Clark County. I believe they did that with their verdict.”
    In addition to the criminal case against Harris, Batson’s office previously initiated a civil forfeiture of the firearms seized in the investigation.
    “This verdict should send a clear message that there will be severe penalties for those individuals who would sell drugs in Clark County.”
    The jury found Harris not guilty for charges of attempted sexual contact in connection with the March investigation.

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