Six Cherokee County men plead guilty to various drug charges, face up to 80 years in prison

Six Cherokee County men plead guilty to various drug charges, face up to 80 years in prison
Clockwise, from top, left: Lenard Atkins, David Williams, Keyonta Johnson and Carlton Johnson have all been indicted in a drug case. Four others (not pictured here), were also indicted in connection with the case. (Source: Gregg County Judicial Records)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Six men from Cherokee County have pleaded guilty following a drug trafficking investigation, The U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Their statement:

U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced today that six Jacksonville, Texas men have pleaded guilty following a drug trafficking investigation in the Eastern District of Texas.

Lenard Donnell Atkins, 31, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and other controlled substances.

Keyonta Monquan Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine near a playground.

Carlos Brejohn Battle, 33, Carlton Deshan Johnson, 28, Jimendrick Clenon Shedd, 37, and David Lee Williams, 32, each pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine before Judge Love.

The plea hearings were held on Mar. 21 and Mar. 22, 2018 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

The defendants were named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Oct. 18, 2017, charging conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and other controlled substances; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and other controlled substances; use, carrying,  possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of firearms; distribution of methamphetamine near a playground; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on premises where children are present and aiding and abetting.

Under federal statutes, the defendants face sentences ranging from five to 80 years in federal prison.  The sentences will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of pre-sentence investigations by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.  The investigating agencies were the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, and Texas Department of Public Safety.

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