Two Sentenced in Methamphetamine Trafficking Conspiracy
ABILENE, TX—Two defendants, Ceddrick Lamont Johnson, a/k/a “Bunny Cool,” of Abilene, Texas, and Stephanie McQueen, of Sweetwater, Texas, who pleaded guilty to their roles in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy have been sentenced, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Today, McQueen, 25, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis to 60 months in federal prison. Yesterday, Judge Solis sentenced Johnson, 38, as a career offender to 240 months in federal prison. Each pleaded guilty in April 2015 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
According to the factual resumes filed in the case, special agents with the FBI and investigators with the Nolan County District Attorney’s Office began an investigation in 2013 into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Sweetwater, Texas, area. McQueen was identified as a distributor. When McQueen was stopped for traffic violations in August 2014, officers located a small quantity of methamphetamine in the vehicle. In a subsequent interview, she identified a person she knew as “Bunny Cool,” (Johnson) as one of her supply sources for the methamphetamine she distributed in Sweetwater. She indicated she was introduced to Johnson in 2013 and that he fronted her methamphetamine for approximately nine months. She purchased one ounce of methamphetamine every other day.
On September 25, 2014, McQueen texted Johnson and negotiated the purchase of methamphetamine. Johnson subsequently distributed 4.3 grams of methamphetamine to McQueeen. He was arrested on September 26, 2014, and text messages from his phone showed a pattern of drug trafficking. On October 3, 2014, law enforcement agents purchased methamphetamine from McQueen and another person in Sweetwater.
The FBI and the Nolan County District Attorney’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Juanita Fielden prosecuted.