An Arizona truck driver was sentenced in the Western District of Arkansas Thursday to 10 years in prison for drug charges that included cocaine distribution.


Scott Carl Mangum, 40, of Tuscon, Ariz., received the sentencing for intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. Mangum was the driver and sole occupant of the tractor-trailer he was driving when an Arkansas State Police Trooper pulled him over Oct. 27, 2019, on Interstate 40 in Crawford County.


David Clay Fowlkes, acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Mangum was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release. District Judge P. K. Holmes III presided over the sentencing hearings in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.


Mangum consented to a search of the tractor-trailer, which resulted in Troopers locating a 9 mm handgun and a meth pipe. During the sear, troopers also located a small baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket. A search of the trailer resulted in troopers locating about 15 kilograms of suspected cocaine, which was concealed with the produce that Mangum was transporting.


The suspected cocaine was submitted to the DEA lab for testing and tested positive as cocaine with a total weight of 15.04 kilograms.


Mangum was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2019 and entered a guilty plea in December 2019.


This case was investigated by the Arkansas State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Elser prosecuted the case for the Western District of Arkansas.