DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

CHEROKEE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 24-year-old Jacksonville, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Eastern District of Texas.

            BRIAN HEATH CANNON pleaded guilty on Sep. 30, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Mar. 16, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Cannon was also ordered to forfeit $144,245 in cash and agreed to an additional forfeiture judgment in the amount of $50,000.

            According to information presented in court, Cannon admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine to others in the East Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Aug. 5, 2009, charging Cannon and 8 others with federal drug violations.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Palestine Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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