Federal indictment alleges men were dealing crack cocaine near Longview city park

Federal indictment alleges men were dealing crack cocaine near Longview city park
Quintus Dewayne Shaw (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Quintus Dewayne Shaw (Source: Gregg County Jail)

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A federal grand jury has indicted two Longview men on charges of dealing crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a Longview city park playground.

Jonathan Lavel Wilson, 35, and Quintus Dewayne Shaw, 30, are both charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, as well as "possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, near a playground and aiding and a bedding."

The indictment was unsealed Feb. 16, after U.S. Marshals arrested Wilson in Smith County, according to the online records.

Count One states that, "On March 6, 2016, at a residence associated with Jonathan Lavel Wilson on Birdsong Street in Longview, Texas, Jonathan Lavel Wilson distributed approximately 24 grams of crack cocaine to Quintus Dewayne Shaw. In City Park, a short distance away, Quintus Dewayne Shaw distributed the crack cocaine to another."

Shaw, who was arrested in a January raid on his Aurel Avenue residence, was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon. His past convictions were in Gregg County, and include possession of a controlled substance (2011, 2012), criminal mischief and evading arrest from 2013.

Other incidents listed as Overt Acts in Count One of the indictment are, Shaw's alleged possession of "a small quantity of marijuana and packaging baggies," on Nov. 30, 2016, as well as, the possession of illegal items seized during a raid on Shaw's Aurel Avenue residence on Jan. 12. Hydrocodone tablets, Xanax tablets, Somas tablets, suspected synthetic cannabinoids, drug distribution materials, and a pistol are listed as evidence collected at the South Longview residence raided by officers with the County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit.

Online jail records show that Jan. 12 was the 40th time Shaw had been booked into the Gregg County Jail since 2004. He is being held there now on $255,000 in bonds.

Wilson is being held without bond in the Smith County Jail on a U.S. Marshal's detainer. Since 2001, Wilson has been booked into the Gregg County Jail 22 times, and into the Smith County Jail twice, including his current arrest.

Federal prosecutors also filed their intention to seek criminal forfeiture of all controlled substances, including pills and synthetic drugs, $800 in currency, a .380 caliber pistol with a magazine.

If found guilty, Wilson and Shaw could each face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine. The Texas Penal Code increases the maximum sentence to 30 years and a $2 million fine, if the violation was committed after a prior conviction for a felony drug offense has become final. Shaw also faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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