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Out of state man imprisoned for organizing meth shipment via local POE

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

McALLEN, Texas – A 39-year-old resident of Belton, South Carolina, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for trafficking meth, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Jeffery Wills pleaded guilty June 20, 2023.

Senior U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez has now ordered Wills to serve 135 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence that detailed how Wills served as a key player in handling narcotics imported from Mexico for distribution along the East Coast. In handing down the sentence, the court noted that drug trafficking throughout the United States impacts the safety and security of communities along the U.S. border.

At the time of his plea, Wills admitted he facilitated a shipment of meth into the United States through the Hidalgo port of entry.

On July 31, 2021, co-conspirators Jasmine Dorsey, 28, and Iyana Carter, 25, both of Newnan, Georgia, attempted to enter the United States with 35 baggies of meth totaling 17 kilograms concealed in the fuel tank of their vehicle. They admitted to smuggling narcotics and identified Wills as the individual who assisted and contributed to the drug trafficking ring by coordinating cash transfers and providing cell phones.

Dorsey and Carter were ordered to deliver the meth to Wills for further distribution.

Law enforcement later arrested Wills at his residence in South Carolina. At that time, he was in possession of significant quantities of marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, meth and dimethyltryptamine – a hallucinogenic drug – as well as 11 firearms.

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Dorsey and Carter also pleaded guilty and were ordered to serve 64 and 78 months in federal prison, respectively, to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release for both.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Theodore Parran III and Daniel Chung prosecuted the case.

Updated February 14, 2024

Drug Trafficking