TEXARKANA MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 24 YEARS FOR ROLE IN CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE CRACK COCAINE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2013
Texarkana, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jamondo Lewis, 31, of Texarkana, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 24 years and four months in prison without the possibility of parole and five years supervised release for conspiring to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine. The sentence is the result of charges brought during Operation Stateline Sweep, a drug-trafficking investigation that took place in 2011 and has been prosecuted since that time. Lewis was also sentenced for being on federal supervised release from a prior federal drug-trafficking conviction, which also involved crack cocaine, at the time of arrest. United States District Judge Susan O. Hickey handed down the sentence in federal court.
United States Attorney Eldridge commented, “Lewis’s sentence reflects not only the seriousness of the offense but also his status as a repeat offender. Those that continually violate the law and put our communities at risk exhibit a lack of respect for both the criminal justice system and society in general. I applaud the collaborative effort that made this case possible, and we will continue to work to ensure that habitual offenders like Lewis are brought to justice.”
According to court records, Jamondo Lewis was a member of “Four Block,” a drug-trafficking organization that operated in Texarkana. Lewis was a primary distributor of crack cocaine for the organization and routinely purchased large quantities of cocaine that was then converted into crack cocaine. Over the course of the conspiracy, which occurred around June 2010, Lewis and other co-conspirators distributed or intended to distribute over 280 grams of crack cocaine. During this time, Lewis also instructed other members of the organization to pick up and distribute drugs and money on his behalf.
Lewis was originally charged on September 14, 2011 in an indictment that included a total of 66 defendants. He was named in six of the 190 counts that appeared in the indictment. On August 2, 2012, Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and was facing a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.
The case was investigated by the Bi-State Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of representatives of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, the Texarkana Texas Police Department, the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Quinn prosecuted the case for the United States.
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