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NLR man released ahead of drug trial

by Dale Ellis | March 4, 2021 at 3:37 a.m.

A North Little Rock man who was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison in 2014 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine was granted release from jail after being charged in a three-count federal indictment handed up in December charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana.

Rashaun Ladale Williams, 42, appeared in federal court via a videoconference link from the Pulaski County jail Monday for a bail hearing during which Assistant U.S. Attorney Anne Gardner told U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Harris that the government had no objection to a pre-trial release proposal from Williams’ attorney, Gregory Bryant of Little Rock.

According to a superseding motion to revoke Williams’ supervised release, he was arrested on drug charges Sept. 23, 2018 by Conway County deputies, who found cocaine and heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 40. That case is scheduled for trial March 31 in Conway County Circuit Court, according to court records.

On Sept. 3, 2020, Williams was arrested by federal authorities on drug possession charges that are contained in the new indictment. Details of that arrest were not available.

Harris approved Williams’ release into the custody of his uncle, Phillip Murray of Conway, after warning him that further infractions or failure to appear for any scheduled court hearings would result in new charges that, if he is convicted of the current charges, could result in additional prison time to run consecutively to any jail term he might be sentenced to on the underlying charges.

According to the U.S. aAttorney’s office in Little Rock, the request for revocation of Williams’ supervised release from his 2014 conviction will be held in abeyance while the case stemming from the December indictment moves through the courts. Williams will be supervised by an officer from the government pretrial release service.


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