Federal judge sentences last of 4 convicted in methamphetamine conspiracy

Federal judge sentences last of 4 convicted in methamphetamine conspiracy
An ArkLaTex man is the last of four to be sentenced to prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Shreveport-Bossier City area in March-May 2017.

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - An ArkLaTex man must serve 10 years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in the Shreveport-Bossier City area in March-May 2017.

That’s the sentence recently handed down by Judge Elizabeth E. Foote in U.S. District Court in Shreveport.

Donnie Vance Grabener, 64, of Waskom, Texas, pleaded guilty May 3 to the conspiracy charge and one count of being a felon with a gun.

Now he is the last of four people to be sentenced in the case.

Thomas Taylor, 65, and his 43-year-old wife, Tina Louise Taylor, both of Dallas, and 33-year-old Michael Shane Rushton, of Bossier City, each pleaded guilty March 5 to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The Taylors were sentenced Aug. 3, him to 11 years and eight months and her to 10 years in prison.

Rushton was sentenced Sept. 17 to serve five years in prison then three years on federal supervised release.

The Taylors and Grabener also have been ordered to serve five years on federal supervised release once they are released from prison, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph’s office reports.

Their arrests came after a Caddo sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle Rushton was driving May 5 in Bethany. The Taylors were with him.

A search of the vehicle turned up a box on the floor behind the seat on the driver’s side. It was filled with paper rags.

In the bottom of the box was a grocery sack containing about 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine in seven clear plastic bags.

Through further investigation, law officers learned that Grabener sold methamphetamine and that his suppliers were the Taylors.

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