POSTED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 2:50pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:55am
A 72-year-old Longview, Texas man has been convicted of drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Jerry Don Castleberry was found guilty by a jury on March 11, 2014, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activity, following a two day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.
According to information presented in court, up until May 1, 2013, Castleberry conspired with other persons to acquire and distribute large quantities of methamphetamine from a source in Dallas, Texas to dealers throughout the Longview, Texas area. Evidence indicated that Castleberry was distributing methamphetamine manufactured in Mexico. Castleberry was also in possession of numerous firearms and ammunition, which are subject to forfeiture. Castleberry is a former member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang. As a result of his crime, Castleberry will also forfeit two Harley Davidson motorcycles and a Corvette Stingray.
A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 27, 2013, charging Castleberry and others with the federal violations. Castleberry faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.