According to U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston, the Eastern District of Texas indicted a Texarkana man for federal drug trafficking and firearms violations.
Darell Montrell Trotter, 32, was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 16, 2022, charging him with possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute and possessing a firearm about a drug trafficking crime. Trotter made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven.
According to the indictment, on Dec. 14, 2021, Trotter possessed more than 400 grams of fentanyl, which he intended to distribute to others. In addition, on that same day, Trotter had possession of a pistol, a shotgun, and a rifle to further his drug trafficking. If convicted, Trotter faces from 15 years to life in federal prison.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States. They use a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating this case; the Texarkana, Texas Police Department; Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok is prosecuting this case.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.