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Jerome Eugene Williams, 28, of Sweetwater, pled guilty this week to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a first degree felony. For his plea, Williams received 30 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $2,500 fine, $384 in court costs, $140 in restitution to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Abilene and $500 in attorney's fees.
On Oct. 27, 2010, Williams was arrested after the 32nd Judicial District Attorneyâ€™s Office and Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office converged on a house in south Sweetwater and raided a crack cocaine distribution house. The operation was the result of an ongoing joint investigation between the two agencies that previously resulted in the arrest of nine defendants, about three blocks to the west of the location, just three weeks before on Oct. 6.
The raid was carried out at a residence addressed as 510 E. Oklahoma, at the intersection of E. Oklahoma and Hobby Streets in Sweetwater. This particular address had become well known to law enforcement after some members took up operations at the residence following the Oct. 6 arrests.
A significant amount of suspected crack cocaine was seized along with a small quantity of marijuana, cash and other related items.
Williams was already on probation for a second degree felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. He was arrested on June 12, 2009, for that charge and was sentenced to community supervision on May 10, 2010. Williams pled true to revoking his probation and received five years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He will also have to pay a $1,000 fine, $384 in court costs, $140 in restitution to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory in Abilene and $1,000 in attorney's fees. Williams will receive 93 days credit towards his sentence for time already served in jail.
Also this week, Donna Rene Vera pled true to revoking her probation. She was originally sentenced on Feb. 27, 2009, for possession of a controlled substance, namely cocaine, a third degree felony. The date of offense was Feb. 2, 2009. For her plea, Vera will have to serve seven years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated to seven years. She is also responsible for paying a fine of $500, $370 in court costs and $1,000 in attorney's fees. She will also have to serve 160 hours of community service.