Six-time felon receives lengthy sentence for methamphetamine distribution
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 33-year-old South Texas man has been ordered to federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to sell crystal methamphetamine and using a firearm to facilitate that crime, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Joshua Caskey, of Alvin, pleaded guilty May 14, 2018.
Today, Senior U.S. District Court Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Caskey to 235 months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court noted Caskey has six prior felony convictions involving drug possession and forgery.
Officers with the Houston Police Department encountered Caskey in April 2017 during an ongoing narcotics investigation. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a duffle bag containing more than five pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 44 grams of PCP, seven grams of heroin, a stolen 9 mm firearm and more than $10,000 in cash.
The investigation led to the connection of that methamphetamine and cash to a known drug trafficking organization operating from Corpus Christi to Houston.
Ultimately, authorities arrested seven people and seized multiple firearms and large amounts of crystal methamphetamine. The remaining defendants have all been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.
Caskey has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of police departments in Corpus Christi and Houston. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany Jensen prosecuted the case.
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