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Smith County Man Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking and Firearm Violations

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

TYLER, Texas – A Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.

Johnny Lee Wickware, 38, pleaded guilty on April 29, 2021, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Wickware was sentenced to 76 months in federal prison for the drug charge and 60 months for the firearms violation.  U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker ordered the penalties to be served consecutively for a total of 136 months in federal prison.

“Today’s sentence is another fine example of how the Eastern District deals with drug dealers, particular those that use firearms during their drug crimes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “We will continue to bring cases like this to ensure the continued safety of the greater Tyler area.”

According to information presented in court, from October 2019 through June 2020, Wickware was part of a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base in the Smith County area.  During that time, Wickware sold drugs on at least five different occasions.  During one of those transactions, Wickware also sold a pistol and ammunition.  Wickware was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 21, 2020.   

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

Updated August 18, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses