Hot Springs, Arkansas – David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Steven Mark Zuber, age 57, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was sentenced on April 20, 2021 to 216 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and one count of Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime and Tammy Ronette Lent, age 54, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearings in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.
In August of 2018, investigators with the 18th Judicial Drug Task Force and agents with Homeland Security Investigations Little Rock launched an investigation into Zuber’s drug trafficking in the Western District of Arkansas. Over the course of the investigation, investigators and agents were able to conduct several controlled purchases of methamphetamine from Zuber and Lent. During the arrest of Zuber and Lent, a search of their residence was conducted by investigators and agents. The search resulted in locating three firearms, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and approximately $14,161.00.
Zuber and Lent were indicted by a federal grand jury in Dec. of 2018 and entered guilty plea’s in Nov. of 2020.
This case was investigated by the 18th Judicial Drug Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations Little Rock. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the Western District of Arkansas.
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. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.