Dallas Man Faces Up to Life in Federal Prison on Drug and Firearm Convictions
Defendant Had Crack Cocaine, Firearms and Nearly $500,000 in Cash When Arrested
DALLAS - Lawrence Edward Knox, 42, of Dallas, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to one count of possession with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base (crack cocaine) and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense. He faces a maximum penalty of not less than 10 years or up to life in prison and a $10 million fine on the drug conviction. On the firearm conviction, he faces a mandatory term of not less than five years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for March 7, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, the investigation began when law enforcement received information that an individual had obtained cocaine from Knox’s residence on Saddleridge Drive in Dallas. In early August 2012, Dallas Police SWAT executed a search warrant at his residence and found approximately 2.7 pounds of crack cocaine, four firearms and $469,302 in cash. They also found pans, a strainer and other utensils in the kitchen that are used to manufacture crack cocaine. Knox, who was home at the time of the search, admitted the drugs and currency were his and was arrested.
According to the factual resume filed in the case, prior to his arrest, Knox had been convicted in this district on the federal offense of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
As part of his plea agreement with the government, Knox agrees to forfeit not only the cash and firearms, but also a 2004 Land Rover, furniture and televisions.
The case was investigated by the Dallas Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Taly Haffar is in charge of the prosecution.
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