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Smith County Woman Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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

TYLER, Texas – A Tyler, Texas woman was sentenced to prison today for a federal drug trafficking crime in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Alexa Leigh Brown, 51, pleaded guilty on Sep. 8, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle.   

“The illegal drug trade brings with it violence, property crime, and severe health risks,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “We are committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting those who would harm our communities.”           

According to information presented in court, beginning in April 2019, Brown sold more than 165 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant over five separate occasions.  On August 26, 2019, Brown was arrested following the execution of a search warrant at her residence in Tyler, which resulted in the seizure of additional quantities of methamphetamine and firearms.  Brown and eight other co-conspirators were indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 15, 2020, and charged with violations of federal drug trafficking and firearms laws. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Texas Department of Public Safety; the Smith County Sheriff’s Office; and the Tyler Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucas Machicek.

Updated March 4, 2021

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