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Smith County Woman Sentenced for Drug Violations, Money Laundering
TYLER, Texas – A 35-year-old Tyler woman has been sentenced to federal prison for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Jennifer Anderson pleaded guilty on Oct. 27, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to launder money crime and was sentenced today to188 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider. Anderson was also ordered to submit to forfeiture of $10,000.
According to information presented in court, up until Mar. 7, 2011, Anderson and co-defendants possessed more than 15 kilograms of cocaine, which they distributed in the Smith County, Texas area. Anderson also assisted in collecting the illegal proceeds from the sale of cocaine, using bank accounts to deposit the illegal proceeds and transferring funds to pay for the purchase and distribution of cocaine. Anderson also admitted to working with others with the intent to conceal and disguise the nature and source of the illegal proceeds. Anderson was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011, along with four co-defendants.
Anderson's husband, Gary Anderson, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison on Mar. 5, 2012. Their three co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.