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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gregg County Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Drug Trafficking

Department of Justice
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         TYLER, Texas – A 39-year-old Longview, Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

Spencer Garod Elam was convicted by a jury on Oct. 3, 2012, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone, two counts of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of a firearm, and use of a communications facility to facilitate a felony.  Elam was sentenced to a total of 480 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

            According to information presented in court, Elam was arrested on May 16, 2011 following a lengthy investigation into a drug trafficking enterprise in Gregg County, Texas.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 11, 2011, charging 13 Longview residents, including Elam, with multiple drug and gun violations.    

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and the Longview Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

Updated March 12, 2015