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NDTX Round-Up November 5, 2019

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

SENTENCING - Erick Dewayne Freeman and Kendrick Lamel Washington

On October 25, Erick Dewayne Freeman, 44, and Kendrick Lamel Washington, 40, were each sentenced to 30 years in federal custody for the crimes of possession with the intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The defendants were involved in the Han Gil Hotel case. Freeman and Washington worked together to instill fear in customers to the “trap” rooms they managed in the hotel. Click here if you would like to learn more about their sentencing and the Han Gil case. This investigation was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the case was prosecuted by AUSA Rick Calvert and AUSA Phelesa Guy.   

SENTENCING – Montrey Jerod Green

On October 28, Montrey Jerod Green, 27, was sentenced to 8 years in federal custody for the crime of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. In October of 2017, Green was paid $1,900 to deliver a 110 gram bag of methamphetamine and .45 caliber firearm to another individual.  This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the City of Carrollton Police Department and prosecuted by AUSA George Leal.

GUILTY PLEA – Sherman Lakeith Ross

On October 31, Sherman Lakeith Ross, 45, pled guilty to possession with the intent to distribute heroin and aiding and abetting. Ross and his coconspirators used cell phones to communicate about their drug enterprise, and these communications were intercepted by the police. Law enforcement seized the drugs distributed from multiple customers, and after confirming that it was heroin, arrested Ross while he was in his probation officer’s office. Ross faces up to 20 years in federal prison. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by AUSA John Kull. 

SENTENCING – Shawnetta Laruth Jones

Shawnetta Laruth Jones was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for the crime of aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones acted a straw-purchaser at a pawnshop in Mesquite after the owner refused to sell to her coconspirator for being a convicted felon. Jones knew the coconspirator because she had previously served as his parole officer. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the DeSoto Police Deparment and prosecuted by AUSA Walt Junker.


Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer

Updated November 5, 2019