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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dallas Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Methamphetamine

DALLAS — Devin Patrick Lessig, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to serve a total of 18 years in federal prison following his guilty plea in April 2016 to an indictment charging one federal felony drug offense, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Lessig, 25, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to the factual resume filed in the case, in June 2015, a Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a motorcycle on Dallas Parkway in Dallas County. The motorcycle, operated by Lessig, failed to stop and a pursuit occurred. After crashing the motorcycle, Lessig was arrested and the motorcycle was confirmed stolen out of New York. During a search of the suspect's backpack, Lessig was found to be in possession of approximately one hundred ten grams of a crystal like substance that was submitted for laboratory analysis. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Approximately fourteen grams of a black tar substance believed to be heroin, seven pills believed to be ecstasy, a black Glock 27 .40 caliber pistol and other drug paraphernalia were also located.

 

Additionally, in August 2015, Addison Police Officers located a stolen motorcycle in the Motel 6 parking lot off Belt Line Road, Addison, TX. While conducting surveillance on the stolen motorcycle, Addison police officers observed Lessig exit a room carrying a black backpack. Addison police officers prevented Lessig from departing the parking lot by blocking the motorcycle in. While blocking the motorcycle in, Lessig jumped off of the motorcycle and fled on foot through the Motel 6 parking lot. As Lessig was running, he discarded the black backpack in the parking lot near the room where he had recently exited. Addison police officers secured the discarded black backpack and the stolen motorcycle. Addison police officers eventually apprehended and detained Lessig a couple blocks away from the Motel 6.

Addison police officers searched the black backpack previously discarded by Lessig and found an AK-47 assault pistol with a pistol grip attached to the front, two loaded pistols and ammunition, prescription medication, a pill bottle containing 88 tablets of suspected 3,4-Methylenedioxy Methamphetamine, and a Tupperware container full of suspected methamphetamine. Addison police officers recovered another pistol in the immediate area of where Lessig was apprehended, believed to have been discarded by Lessig as he fled the location. The substance was ultimately submitted for laboratory analysis and it was found to be methamphetamine.

 

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Addison Police Department and Dallas Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal was in charge of the prosecution.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated February 7, 2017