Belton: Guilty Plea In Meth Case Leads To Prison Sentence

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

BELTON (February 20, 2013)--A Belton man was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty earlier to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith sentenced Christopher Martin Carroll to six years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years on supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 in special assessment to the court.

A criminal complaint presented at Carroll's plea hearing shows on Aug. 10. 2012, Carroll became the subject of an investigation into drug trafficking in the Belton area.

The complaint, signed by U.S. Magistrate Jeffrey C. Manske, shows a Belton police officer who was assigned to the Bell County Organized Crime Unit served a search warrant at an address in Belton and as officers arrived a man was seen leaving the target address in a vehicle.

Police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and found Carroll and other people inside.

During a search of the vehicle officers found both marijuana and methamphetamine, which Carroll admitted to officers was his.

During a search of Carroll's apartment, officers found narcotics paraphernalia, loose pills and an amount of liquid that tested positive for methamphetamine.

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