A 44-year-old Texas man could be sent to prison for the rest of his life after being convicted on federal drug possession and drug possession with the intent to distribute charges. The jury returned guilty verdicts on Nov. 7 following a trial that lasted for two days. The Longview resident's sentence will be determined by a federal judge after the U.S. Probation Office has conducted a presentence investigation. The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The man was taken into custody in January 2018 when police executed a search warrant at a Motel located on Marshall Avenue in Longwood. During a search of the room being used by the man, officers say they discovered a significant quantity of methamphetamine along with several grams of marijuana, ecstasy, crack cocaine and prescription medications. A records check revealed that the man had three open warrants. The man was charged with distributing crack cocaine and methamphetamine in Gregg County.
The jury also heard from witnesses that the man sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant on two occasions in 2017. He was indicted along with several co-defendants following the motel search. Initial media reports do not indicate if the man's co-defendants have entered into plea agreements, been convicted or will also stand trial.
The minimum sentence the man could receive is a prison term of 10 years. However, minimum sentences are rarely handed down in federal narcotics cases when defendants are convicted following a jury trial. This is one of the reasons why experienced criminal defense attorneys may advise those facing federal drug charges to consider pleading guilty in return for more lenient treatment when the evidence against them is strong and their chances of being acquitted by a jury are slim.