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Levelland man sentenced to federal prison for drug charge

Jacob Lee Deleon, a Levelland man, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison last week for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Deleon was indicted in July 2021, and according to the indictment, on or about May 14, 2021, Deleon intentionally and knowingly possessed with the intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.

A second count on the indictment says Deleon had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year and knowingly possessed and affecting interstate and foreign commerce firearms, a semiautomatic pistol.

A third count on the indictment says on or about May 14, 2021, the defendant possessed firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on May 14, 2021, special agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety executed a search warrant for the detached garage at 6423 22nd Street in Lubbock after developing information that Deleon was using the location to store and distribute narcotics.

A canine was deployed during the search, which alerted to multiple locations throughout the garage. Agents located suspected methamphetamine that had been divided into three separate bags and later weighed 44.18 net grams and tested positive for methamphetamine.

A further search revealed two firearms, one of which was found to have been stolen.

Deleon entered a guilty plea to the court in October 2021.

Deleon was sentenced to 14 years for the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine charge and other charges against him were dismissed.

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