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Smith County Man Sentenced for Drug and Gun Violations
TYLER, Texas – A 30-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for federal drug and firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Gary Anderson pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Anderson was also ordered to forfeit $50,000 in cash.
According to information presented in court, on Mar. 9, 2011, Anderson possessed more than 15 kilograms of cocaine, which he distributed in the Smith County, Texas area. He also admitted to possessing two pistols while in possession of the drugs. Anderson admitted to purchasing from 2 to 4 kilograms of cocaine per week from a source in Houston, paying approximately $24,000 per kilo and was in possession of over $50,000 in cash at the time of his arrest. Law enforcement officers seized ½ kilogram of crack cocaine, marijuana, cocaine powder, cash, body armor and firearms at Anderson's residence. Anderson had the highest criminal history points possible under the federal sentencing guidelines. Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011, along with four co-defendants.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.