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Local bondsman arrested

A Van Buren bondsman who allegedly accepted drugs in exchange for getting a woman out of jail faces a drug charge in Sebastian County Circuit Court.

Walter I. Goff, 68, is charged with possession of a counterfeit substance with intent to deliver, a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in prison. Attorney Lucas Gramlich entered a not-guilty plea on Goff’s behalf and waived formal arraignment, which was scheduled for Wednesday.

Goff, who is employed by GM Bail Bonds, is free on a $5,000 bond.

Officers with the 12th/21st Judicial District Drug Task Force were contacted by a confidential informant Oct. 9, who told them Goff accepted pain pills in exchange for bailing her out of jail and she knew he would do it again, according to a Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office report.

Investigators arranged for the informant to contact Goff to bail her out, and he arrived at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center, signed her out of jail and drove her to the Extended A Suites, 5103 Towson Ave., as she filled out her bond paperwork, according to the report.

Investigators followed Goff and the informant, the informant went into a room, where she was provided 40mg of Oxycontin placebos by an investigator, she went outside and gave the pills to Goff, returned to the room and investigators took Goff into custody, according to the report.

Investigators wired the informant, but transmission was lost as Goff drove her to the motel.

When an investigator asked the informant what Goff said as they were driving, she said he asked her when he was going to get the oral sex he heard about, according to the report.

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