Texan gets 5 years in prison over drug bust near Greenwood

Texan gets 5 years in prison over drug bust near Greenwood

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Texan busted on drug charges during a traffic stop in Caddo Parish must serve 5 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. this week also ordered 32-year-old Laraymeon Jevon Watson, of Lufkin, to serve 3 years on federal supervised release.

Watson pleaded guilty Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court in Shreveport to 1 count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Authorities found about 8 ounces of cocaine powder and more than 3,000 Ecstasy pills when his vehicle was stopped on a traffic violation June 24 near Greenwood.

Evidence and testimony presented during his plea hearing shows that he received the drugs from a supplier in Texas and that he admitted to planning to sell the drugs, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, of the Western District of Louisiana.

Watson's case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Louisiana State Police and Lufkin police.

He was arrested as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force's Operation River City Blues. The task force is a federal, state and local effort to combat drug trafficking and the nation's primary tool for targeting national and regional drug-trafficking organizations.

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