Man gets 12 years for meth in mail

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A man who was using the U.S. Postal Service to receive large shipments of methamphetamine from a supplier in California was sentenced Thursday to more than 12 years in federal prison.

Tacorrius Marquan Jordan, 26, appeared for sentencing Thursday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Jordan was represented by Federal Public Defender Kenneth Hawk.

Jordan has been behind bars since his arrest May 13, 2016, at a house in Hooks, Texas, according to a factual basis on file in the case since Jordan pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. A narcotics detection dog alerted to a package being mailed from California to an address in the 100 block of Washington Street in Hooks somewhere in transit.

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Investigators acquired a search warrant and determined the parcel contained methamphetamine. Instead of seizing the package, investigators set up surveillance and watched the house in Hooks.

Shortly after a man arrived home and carried the package into the house, Jordan arrived in a BMW sport utility vehicle which he left running while he entered the house. Before Jordan could walk out, agents executed a search warrant. Jordan refused to talk but the man who brought the package inside told them Jordan had paid him on five previous occasions to let him use his address for deliveries.

The package contained 2,229.9 grams of methamphetamine with a purity level of 97.6 percent. Two cell phones seized from Jordan and a phone belonging to the homeowner showed that the homeowner called Jordan immediately after bringing the package inside. Jordan’s phone’s web browser was open to the USPS site for tracking deliveries.

Jordan was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison. There is no parole from federal prison and good time accumulates at the rate of 54 days per year.

Schroeder said he would recommend that Jordan participate in a drug treatment program while in prison. Hawk said he believes Jordan’s thinking has changed since his arrest.

Jordan said he plans to leave behind the “easy money” he made as a drug dealer and hopes to learn trade skills in prison which he can use to support himself upon release.

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