Multiple Federal Drug Cases in Denton County
The Gilmer Mirror reported on December 10, 2020, that a 41-year-old Highland Village, Texas man was sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking crimes in the Eastern District of Texas. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas titled a press release “Denton County Methamphetamine Dealer Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Violations.”
The man pleaded guilty on August 14, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan. According to information presented in court, on February 14, 2020, officers in Highland Village surveilled the man’s residence in reference to previously-issued felony warrants for evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
Officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation as it left the house. The driver was identified as an Uber driver, while the passenger falsely identified himself.
Officers, however, recognized the passenger as the man and detained him. Although the man continued to falsely maintain that he had another name, officers retrieved a wallet from the ground with his driver’s license inside.
This wallet also contained $104 dollars in genuine and counterfeit United States currency. Officers also seized a glass smoking pipe from Smith’s person, and additionally found a bag in the backseat of the Uber vehicle.
A later inventory conducted at the police department revealed the bag to contain counterfeit currency and uncut sheets of counterfeit currency totaling $2,220, a journal with the man’s name written inside the cover, handwritten account numbers and passwords, a smaller bag containing four baggies of methamphetamine, a smaller bag containing multiple MDMA tablets, a tin case containing 16 amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills, and three baggies containing 13 alprazolam pills.
On February 18, 2020 officers executed a search warrant at the man’s residence, locating and seizing additional amounts of methamphetamine and counterfeit United States currency. Police also seized items related to the production of counterfeit U.S. currency, including computers and printers.
The man was indicted on March 12, 2020. On April 7, 2020, police went to his residence to execute the arrest warrant for the man. The man, who was standing outside near the home, once again falsely identified himself.
In an attempt to deceive officers on behalf of her son, the man’s mother also claimed that the defendant’s identity was what he claimed. Officers went into the residence to search for the man before realizing he had provided a false name.
The man, meanwhile, fled from police on foot into a wooded area towards Lake Lewisville. Law enforcement pursued the man, who jumped into the lake and tried to swim across. After nearly drowning, the man exited the lake and attempted to hide in the woods, before being taken into custody.
On October 21, 2020, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texasannounced that Denton factored prominently into another drug case. A 40-year-old Garland, Texas man was sentenced for drug trafficking crimes in the Eastern District of Texas.
The Garland man pleaded guilty on July 7, 2020, to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin resulting in death and serious bodily injury. The Garland man was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan.
According to information presented in court, beginning in approximately January 2016 and continuing through July 2020, the Garland man engaged in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and in doing so, he caused serious bodily injury to JS and death to BB, individuals who had overdosed on the heroin sold to them by the defendant. Specifically, on January 16, 2019, officers with the Denton Police Department were dispatched to Medical City Hospital in Denton, Texas, regarding a foreign substance being injected into JS, a patient who was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.
Denton PD narcotics detectives were able to establish through hospital surveillance videos that the Garland man had entered and then exited JS’s room just prior to hospital staff finding JS unresponsive and not breathing. Hospital staff reported finding a syringe in JS’s IV line. Medical personnel were forced to resuscitate JS with a dose of Narcan, a medicine which counteracts the affects of a heroin overdose.
Detectives were later able to establish that the Garland man had injected the heroin into JS’s IV line at JS’s request. JS admitted to Detectives to purchasing heroin from the Garland man on a regular basis since approximately 2016.
On January 23, 2019, Denton PD narcotics detectives utilized a confidential informant to conduct a buy-bust operation on the Garland man. The CI contacted the Garland man and asked to purchase heroin. The Garland man agreed to meet the CI at the agreed upon location. Once the Garland man arrived, officers were able to take him into custody. They found heroin and methamphetamine in his possession.
On January 25, 2019, Detectives interviewed the Garland man and he admitted to selling heroin and methamphetamine and that he had brought heroin to JS while she was in the hospital on January 16th. The Garland man was able to make bond on his charges and was released from the Denton County Jail.
On October 26, 2019, officers with the Denton Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Denton, Texas, regarding a deceased person. Upon arrival, officers and medics found BB deceased in his bedroom. BB was surrounded by drug paraphernalia, indicating BB had possibly overdosed on drugs.
On January 30, 2020 the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined BB’s cause of death was an overdose of an acute mixture of drugs, including heroin, methadone and methamphetamine. Denton PD narcotics detectives were able to establish that the Garland man had sold BB the heroin which had caused BB to overdose and die.
On December 10, 2019, Denton PD narcotics detectives utilized a confidential informant to conduct a buy-bust operation on the Garland man. The CI contacted the Garland man and asked to purchase heroin. The Garland man agreed to meet the CI at the agreed upon location. Once the Garland man arrived, officers were able to take him into custody. They discovered more heroin in his possession.
The Garland man was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 13, 2019, and charged with federal drug trafficking violations.
On November 18, 2020, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that a local musician was arrested and was facing a drug charge following a traffic stop. Rapper AV the Great was arrested around 2 p.m. in the 900 block of East Sycamore Street after police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not signal to turn and was then obstructing the roadway on Sycamore.
AV admitted to police he didn’t have insurance on the vehicle, which he said belonged to him, and said he had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Officers confirmed he had a warrant from Denton police.
AV allegedly told police he didn’t have anything illegal in the vehicle. When asked if he had ever been arrested, he said he was on probation because a friend had left some drugs in his car.
An officer walked around the vehicle and could see through the windows that there was a small bag with a pill inside. Police conducted a probable cause search, and the report says AV claimed the pill was Adderall, for which he did not have a prescription.
Officers also reported locating a handgun and a loaded pistol magazine. AV was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 2, less than a gram, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Fighting Drug Charges in Fort Worth, TX
Drug and narcotics charges can be a major problem for scores of people in Denton. You can see the difference between federal charges that stem from lengthy investigations and state charges that could be the result of simple traffic stops.
Juvenile drug charges can be of particular concern to many people because a drug conviction can have an extremely damaging long-term effect on the life of a young person. Marijuana offensesundoubtedly account for a majority of drug crimes in Denton County.
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