Texarkana – It wasn’t the check that was in the mail, but cash and drugs, which resulted in a California man being sentenced in federal court here Wednesday for shipping some 50 pounds of methamphetamine through the mails to Arkansas.
Craig William Polite, 46, of San Francisco, Calif., who was under federal supervised release in California after serving 15 years in prison there from a previous conviction on drug trafficking charges, was sentenced Wednesday by Senior U. S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes to 17 and a half years in federal prison on one count of conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
Polite was also assessed a five year supervised release period in conjunction with the sentence.
Polite pleaded guilty to the single conspiracy count from a March, 2013, indictment and charge filed in the Western District of Arkansas by U. S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.
Polite’s indictment and arrest stems from an investigation by the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI and the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force in which a confidential informant was cooperating to track the movements of the drugs from California to Texarkana and cash from Texarkana to California.
According to court filings, some 50 pounds of methamphetamine in two-pound quantities was shipped in 25 mailings by Polite to Texarkana during the period from 2011-2013, with payments in exchange ranging from $16,000 to $36,000 each, or an estimated total between $400,000 – $900,000.
In March, 2013, an exchange was arranged which led to the identification by address of Polite as the shipper of the drugs and receiver of the cash, and federal agents subsequently arranged to have a shipment and supposed payment made, according to court documents.
As a result, federal agents tracked the exchange through the U. S. Postal Service mails to a predetermined address in Texarkana, where they subsequently retrieved the drugs and notified federal authorities in California. Polite was later identified by U.S. Postal Service employees as the recipient of the payment packages, and was identified by the confidential informant as the source of the drugs, according to court filings.
“Repeat offenders such as Polite demonstrate a lack of respect for both the criminal justice system and society in general,” Eldridge said in a press statement Wednesday. “This case is particularly noteworthy because of the large quantity of methamphetamine being shipped to Texarkana from California.”