Federal Judge Sentences Local Man To Prison On Drug Charge

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WACO (April 30, 2014) A Central Texas man who earlier pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Saul Garcia Herrera to serve 240 months, to be followed by 3 years supervised release, a $1,000 fine and $100 in special assessment to the court as to count 1 of a superseding indictment and the original charge on count 1 was dismissed.

Documents presented at Herrera's plea hearing show on Dec. 16, 2013, he was stopped on Interstate 35 after Bruceville-Eddy police noticed his pickup truck had a headlight out.

Police found his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in what they called unusual condition and had it towed to another location so they could better inspect it.

The inspection turned up 22 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in a compartment behind the rear seat that later tested to be 97.9 percent pure, the document says.