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Smith County Man Sentenced to over 19 years for Federal Drug Trafficking

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

TYLER, Texas – A 27-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.             

          Dakota Allen pleaded guilty on Sep. 12, 2019, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle on March 17, 2020.  Judge Kernodle also ordered forfeiture of $5,000 seized from the defendant. 

          According to information presented in court, on March 7, 2019, Allen and co-defendant, Haleigh Morris, were stopped in Smith County, Texas, for a traffic violation. At the time of the stop, they were in possession of approximately one kilogram of methamphetamine located in a camo zipper bag, along with $6,250 in cash, ziplock bags, a digital scale, and drug paraphernalia.  Another $956 cash was in the center console.  During the traffic stop, Allen attempted to drive off and evade arrest.  During this time, the defendants threw the camo zipper bag out the window before Allen wrecked the vehicle.  They were both indicted on April 17, 2019. 

          This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

Updated March 18, 2020

Drug Trafficking