Thursday, May 29, 1997

Witness tells of Harmon, marijuana


A car salesman testified Wednesday that former Prosecuting Attorney Dan Harmon of Benton arranged for him to receive and sell 60 pounds of marijuana.
"He said he had the opportunity to get some marijuana and wondered if I might be able to sell it," John M. Steward said during Harman's trial in U.S. District Court. "I said I probably could."
Harmon is on trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Stephen M. Reasoner on an 11-count federal indictment charging that he ran his prosecuting attorney's office as a corrupt organization in violation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He is also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, conspiracy to extort money, conspiracy to manufacture drugs, witness tampering and retaliating against a witness.
Harmon has repeatedly denied the allegations.
On the second day of Harmon's trial, Steward said he got the marijuana from a Texas man who had been arrested in Saline County, then took it to Harmon's house to be weighed and divided.
Steward said he and Holly DuVall, Harmon's ex-wife, sold the marijuana.
DuVall is expected to testify today. She plead guilty Tuesday to a charge of misprision -- knowing about but not reporting a felony. Prosecutors dropped two other drug charges against her.

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