Smith County man sentenced for drug trafficking violations

Published on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 21:01 - Written by

A 34-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Nyrearae Lewis pleaded guilty in January to possession with intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine and on Tuesday was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, Lewis took approximately 130 grams of cocaine to a residence in Tyler on May 5, 2016, with the intent to sell the cocaine.

Once Lewis arrived at the house, he was assisted by the homeowner in converting some of the cocaine to approximately 44 grams of crack. The homeowner declined to purchase any of the cocaine so Lewis left with the cocaine he brought to the residence, including the 44 grams of newly converted crack cocaine.

Shortly thereafter the vehicle Lewis was in was stopped for a traffic violation and the cocaine was located under the passenger seat where Lewis was seated. Lewis was indicted on Aug. 17, 2016, and charged with drug trafficking violations.

- Carlina Villalpando