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Athens man sentenced for meth possession

Timothy Mark Roberts. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail. Timothy Mark Roberts. Photo Source: Henderson County Jail.

Released by Henderson County District Attorney's Office:

ATHENS, TX - Timothy Mark Roberts, 45, of Athens, was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison by 3rd District Court Judge Mark Calhoon. Roberts was found guilty by a jury of the first degree felony charge of possession of just over 10 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver back in September. Roberts was arrested after Henderson County Sheriff's Investigators David Faught, Kalon Rollins and Ronni Halbert (now of the District Attorney's Office) received reliable and confidential information that Roberts was selling meth out of his home on Bryson street in Athens. Based on this information, investigators requested and executed a search warrant on Robert's Bryson street residence on January 5th of this year. Once inside the residence they found meth, glass smoking pipes, needles and small plastic baggies used for the packing of narcotics. Investigators also found a surveillance system complete with cameras around the residence and monitors inside the master bedroom.

During his closing arguments, Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee focused on the damage done by meth in Henderson County and blamed the drug dealers for contributing to the problem before asking the judge to make an example of Roberts to all the other drug dealers. "I hope this sentence sends a message" said McKee. "Sheriff Nutt and I as well as the entire law enforcement community are committed to methodically identifying these dealers, building strong cases and removing them from our neighborhoods." "With the combined efforts of the law enforcement community over the past three years, we continue to make significant progress in putting these dealers and manufacturers behind bars." McKee also credits the community for alerting law enforcement to suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. "The citizens are our first line of defense," said McKee.

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