Friday, June 20, 2014

TOP STORY >> Guilty plea for heroin

A Cabot resident among eight men implicated in nine heroin overdoses and two deaths pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to a single count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute between 100 grams, but less than a kilogram of heroin.

Wallando (Wiley) One-zine, of 210 Linden St., Cabot, could have faced a mandatory life sentence had he been found guilty of the original five counts and contributing to the death of two unidentified Cabot area men.

Onezine will serve 10 years in federal prison if U.S. District Judge Price Marshall signs off on the plea agreement.

If not, Onezine will be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

Also charged with distribution in July 2012, and their ages at the time, are Devon McClain, 19, of Cabot; Justin Pennock, 27, of Ward; Alex Evans, 22, of Cabot; Hunter Gladden, 25, of Ward; Mark Aaron “Zane” Pruitt, 22, of Jacksonville; Landon Cope, 21, of Little Rock; and Keith “Key” Sanders, 25, of Memphis.

In addition to the DEA, other agencies assisting in the investigation were police departments in Cabot, Ward, Austin and Maumelle, plus the sheriff’s offices in Lonoke, Conway and Pulaski Counties, and the Lonoke County prosecutor.

One offender reportedly pled guilty to a lesser penalty, and the others still face trial.