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Smith County Man Guilty of Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Texas

TYLER, Texas – A Tyler, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Cory Jsamard Ford, 33, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

“This case is another example of how federal, state, and local law enforcement, working together, can significantly interrupt the flow of controlled substances in our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “Cases like this, sustained over time, can make a big difference in our towns and cities.”

According to information presented in court, between Jan. 23, 2020 and Feb. 5, 2020, Ford distributed cocaine and methamphetamine in Smith County, Texas.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Ford with federal drug trafficking crimes on Nov. 2, 2020. Under federal statutes, Ford faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety-CID and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson.




Updated March 25, 2021

Drug Trafficking