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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Hot Springs career offender caught with drugs and guns sent to federal prison for 12-plus year term

A Hot Springs man was sentenced to 152 months in prison last week followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and one count of Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense.

The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.

In September, 2019, detectives with the Hot Springs Police Department conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine from Bobby Nutt.

The next day, Nutt reported to his parole officer for an office visit. During his parole visit, Nutt’s vehicle was searched and approximately 148 grams of cocaine was seized as well as a loaded Glock pistol with a round in the chamber.

Due to the nature of Nutt’s prior felony convictions, he was sentenced as a Career Offender.

U.S. Attorney David Clay Fowlkes made the announcement.

The Hot Springs Police Department and the ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Related court documents may be found on the Public Access to Electronic Records website at

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