Waco: Jurors Reach Verdict In Federal Drug-Trafficking Trial

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (March 10, 2014) Jurors reached a verdict Monday in Waco's federal court after hearing a week's worth of testimony in a drug trafficking trial for three men charged with possession and distribution of a large amount of crack cocaine.

Cornelius Tywarren Wilson, 31, Christopher Andrew Wilson, 30, and Bryant Keith Presley, 29, were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver at least 280 grams of crack cocaine and conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver at least five kilograms of cocaine, a federal indictment shows.

They were convicted on all counts Monday in U.S. District Court in Waco.

U.S. District Judge Walter Smith set sentencing for April 30.

All three men are held without bond on federal detainers in the McLennan County Jail.

Federal court documents show the three, along with five other individuals, were arrested after both federal and local officers found them with large amounts of both crack and powder cocaine that authorities say was intended for sale in Central Texas.

Court dates for the other individuals have not yet been set.

And even amidst testimony last week, another man was arrested and charged with tampering with a witness in an effort to prevent certain testimony against the three defendants.

Carrick Mango, 33, was ordered held without bond on a federal detainer charged with intent to influence or prevent testimony by a witness in a jury trial, a federal criminal complaint obtained by News 10 says.

The complaint, issued to U.S. Deputy Marshals, says on March 6, during the trial underway in Smith's court, deputy marshals were made aware of a possible witness tampering incident.

One of the witnesses in the ongoing trial told deputies (he) had been approached inside the federal courthouse and was told not to testify against Christopher Wilson.

The victim told the deputy (he) felt threatened by the man.

Later that day Smith ejected Mango from the courtroom after certain statements were made to an assistant United States Attorney who is prosecuting the case against the three men.

Mango was set to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske at 10:30 a.m. Monday on the witness tampering charge, federal court records show.

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