Man gets 17 years for having meth

Photo Source: Henderson County
Photo Source: Henderson County

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Henderson County District Attorney:

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX - Robert Wesley Preston, 55 of Eustace, was sentenced to 17 years for possession of over 30 grams of methamphetamine last week by 3rd District Court Judge Mark Calhoon.

Preston pled guilty to the offense which carried a maximum sentence of 20 years. During the sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorney Bridget Bateman presented evidence of Preston's criminal history which included a stint in the penitentiary in the 70's for burglary and a 2009 possession offense where Deputy Billy Jack Valentine, while executing an arrest warrant for Preston, discovered over a gram of meth outside Preston's residence after fleeing Valentine to elude arrest.

The 2008 case stemmed from a search warrant of Preston's property on CR 2803 in Eustace. During the search warrant led by Botie Hillhouse of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, investigators discovered evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing. Preston was the only person found on the property which consisted of approximately 109 acres, 2 motor homes and a shed situated close together, which is where Preston was found. Investigators discovered 2.64 grams of Meth inside the residence he was occupying. Outside the residence in an open air tent, investigators discovered approximately 29.25 grams of Meth. Investigators also found 45 grams of Pseudoephedrine, 3 propane tanks that tested positive for the presence of anhydrous ammonia, and numerous other items consistent with the manufacture of meth.

District Attorney Scott McKee indicated that he was very pleased with the sentence handed down as well as the hard work of the Sheriff's Department, ADA Bridget Bateman and the Drug Task Force. "I can't say enough about the folks that work so hard to track down and convict offenders engaged in the manufacturing of meth" said McKee.