A 32-year-old Brownwood man already serving a federal sentence for narcotics trafficking was sentenced in 35th District Court Tuesday to 40 years in prison on state drug charges.
District Judge Steve Ellis sentenced Dennis Daniel after he pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver.
Daniel also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in that case. He will serve the state and federal sentences concurrently, Ellis said.
Daniel was scheduled to stand trial this week in the state cases, but he entered guilty pleas Monday as First Assistant District Attorney Sam Moss and defense attorney Landon Northcutt began picking a jury.
In 2005, Drug Enforcement Agency and Sgt. Tony Aaron of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office began a joint investigation that led to the arrests of Daniel and numerous co-defendants in state and federal courts, according to testimony in Daniel’s sentencing hearing.
Sheriff’s deputies served three search warrants on Daniel’s home between November 2005 and May 2006. Each search warrant resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, large sums of money, scales, packaging material, surveillance equipment and other items used in drug trafficking, testimony showed.
Aaron testified that Daniel participated in distributing a form of methamphetamine called sugar. That form of the drug was uncommon in Brown County, Aaron testified, and he has not had any cases involving sugar since Daniel’s arrest.
Northcutt asked Ellis to hand down a sentence identical to the federal sentence. Moss asked for a 40-year sentence, saying that Daniel “understands what he’s doing. He just doesn’t care.”
In other recent sentencings:
Alvin Desmond Coombs pleaded guilty sexual assault and attempted sexual assault and was sentenced to 15 years and 10 years in prison in the respective cases. Coombs pleaded guilty to assault against a public servant and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Jimmy Doyle Allison pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Freddie Delvin Thomas pleaded guilty to assault against a public servant and was sentenced to five years in prison.