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Jan. 12, 2012

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Armed Drug Trafficking Lands Georgia Man in Prison for 15 Years

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Erron Omar Shepherd, 27, of LaGrange, Ga., has been sentenced to a total of 180 months in federal prison without parole for possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

Shepherd pleaded guilty Oct. 27, 2011, to a two-count indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute approximately 10.63 kilograms of methamphetamine and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Today, Senior United States District Judge Hayden Head sentenced him to 120 and 60 months, respectively. The sentences will be served consecutively for a total sentence of 180 months which will be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release.

In September 2011, Shepherd was the passenger in a vehicle stopped at the Sarita checkpoint. A routine K-9 exam resulted in an alert prompting Border Patrol agents to refer the vehicle to secondary for further inspection. During a detailed inspection, agents located three large cans of a liquid that when opened, began to crystallize. Laboratory analysis confirmed the substance contained methamphetamine. Agents also discovered a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the center console that belonged to Shepherd.

In federal custody since his arrest, Shepard will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future where he will serve out his sentence. 

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Border Patrol and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt.