Mesquite man gets 17 years for dealing meth in Kilgore area

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 1:51pm

A 43-year-old Mesquite man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in parts of East Texas.

Harold Dickens pleaded guilty on Mar. 19, 2012 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to seven and-a-half years in federal prison Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.

According court documents, up until May 2011, Dickens acquired with others methamphetamine for distribution in East Texas. Dickens admitted he was responsible for the distribution of more than 150 grams of pure methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. Dickens and six others were indicted on Nov. 2, 2011 and charged with drug trafficking offenses. Matthew Dean Willis was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on June 12, 2012. David Christopher Wheeler and Raelene Dawn Ferguson were each sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on July 16, 2012. Terri Rhea Young was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on July 23, 2012. One additional co-defendant is awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kilgore Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.


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