Jacksonville man sentenced to federal prison for meth charges

Crime & Public Safety

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) – A Jacksonville man was sentenced Thursday to 78 months in federal prison for meth charges.

38-year-old Andres Gallegos pleaded guilty on Jan. 13, 2020 to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

Court documents show that an investigation into drug trafficking in Smith and Cherokee counties revealed in October 2018 that Gallegos “regularly sold methamphetamine from his residence in Jacksonville.”

Gallegos was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 8, 2019 and charged with distributing methamphetamine on Oct. 16, 2018, Oct. 17, 2018, and again on Oct. 26, 2018.

“Over time, cases like this can make a big difference in our local communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “Through a sustained, focused effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement, we can make our cities and town safer and drug-free.”

The Smith County Sheriff’s Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, the Jacksonville Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration all participated in this investigation.

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