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January 31, 2013

Meth conviction gets Jack Co. man 99-year prison term

Jury hears of Preston’s four previous felony convictions before delivering maximum punishment

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Parker County jury Wednesday convicted Johnny Todd Preston of possessing about 10 grams of crystal methamphetamine with intent to deliver it, then sentenced him to 99 years in prison.

Preston, 40, of Jacksboro, had four previous felony convictions. He could have been sentenced to a range of five to 99 years, or life, in prison on the first-degree felony charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams.

The trial took place in the 415th District Court before District Judge Graham Quisenberry.

An attempt to contact Preston’s attorney for comment was not successful.

The case began with a traffic stop by a Springtown officer on Dec. 30, 2011. The officer said when he spoke with the driver, Lesha Hoadley, he noticed signs indicating she might be under the influence of drugs. After further investigation, the officer determined that he had probable cause to search the car.

Hoadley reportedly attempted to conceal a glass pipe from the officer’s view. The officer removed Hoadley and Preston from the vehicle and completed a search yielding just under 10 grams of methamphetamine in the driver’s side door pocket and a quarter gram of methamphetamine, a digital scale and numerous small plastic baggies in a small black case with the name “Johnny Todd” written on it located in a coat that was on Preston’s lap at the beginning of the traffic stop.

Parker County Assistant District Attorneys Abigail Placke and Robert DuBoise introduced evidence from a United States Drug Enforcement Agent that Preston had been purchasing methamphetamine from a Metroplex supplier under investigation and that the scales and baggies found in the black case were items commonly used in the distribution of methamphetamine.

The federal agent told jurors during the punishment phase that he previously interviewed Preston in 2012 and Preston admitted that he trafficked approximately 3 to 4 pounds of methamphetamine from his Metroplex supplier to Jack and Young counties during the last half of 2011.

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