Hot Springs, Arkansas - Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Alicia Bucy, age 60, of Hot Springs and Peaches Marie Herrick, age 40, of Kaufman, Texas, were sentenced today on one count each of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. Bucy was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release and Herrick was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. The Honorable Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearings in the United States District Court in Hot Springs.
According to court records, on October 20, 2015, members of the 18th Judicial East Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the residence of Alicia Bucy where two prior controlled purchases of methamphetamine had been made. That residence is located in Royal, Arkansas, which is in the Western District of Arkansas. During the search, officers located a U.S. Postal Express parcel in the washing machine in the laundry room containing 170 grams of a substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. The package label revealed that it was sent from Nacogdoches, Texas on October 15, 2015 and that it had arrived at Bucy’s residence on October 19, 2015. Through further investigation, it was learned that Peaches Herrick, who lived in Nacogdoches, had sent the parcel containing the drugs. Bucy waived her Miranda rights and gave a verbal statement to investigators stating that she had been distributing meth in the Hot Springs area for several years. She stated that she knew meth was in the mail parcel and that she had hid it in the washing machine. An examination of one of her cell phones revealed a text message which had been sent to co-conspirator, Peaches Herrick, discussing the shipment of the methamphetamine.
Bucy and Herrick were both named in a federal indictment in December, 2015. Bucy pleaded guilty in March, 2016 and Herrick pleaded guilty in February, 2016.
“We will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners to keep drugs out of our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans Raymond R. Parmer, Jr. “Disrupting the flow of illegal drugs coming into our country continues to be one of our top priorities.”
Parmer is the special agent in charge of the New Orleans field office of HSI with responsibility for Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Hot Springs Police Department, and the 18th Judicial Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.