Texas man sentenced to 60 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Texas man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison for possessing cocaine.
Laraymeon Jevon Watson, 32, of Lufkin, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the February 25, 2016 guilty plea, Watson received cocaine powder and Ecstasy pills from a supplier in Texas. When his vehicle was stopped on June 24, 2015 near Greenwood, La., for a traffic violation, approximately 8 ounces of cocaine powder and more than 3,000 Ecstasy pills were found. He admitted he planned to sell the drugs.
The defendant was arrested as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation “River City Blues.” The DEA, the Louisiana State Police, and the Lufkin Police Department investigated the case. The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt and dismantle the targeted criminal organization, and to seize its assets.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. prosecuted the case.