On Wednesday, a Lamar County jury convicted Derek Armstrong of trafficking methamphetamine, according to Assistant District Attorney Benjamin I. Kaminar.
“The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Paris Police Department and K-9 Cupa, caught the defendant smuggling over a quarter-pound of meth hidden inside the engine compartment of a rented truck,” said Kaminar. “The jury heard the defendant’s confession to smuggling meth for a drug cartel on multiple occasions and that he supplied other local meth
The defendant pleaded guilty in front of the jury and requested that they give him probation. After deliberating for approximately 45 minutes, the jury recommended a sentence of 25 years in prison.
Lamar County District Attorney Gary Young stated, “Narcotics detectives with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department did a thorough job of identifying Armstrong and intercepting his drug cargo. This sentence sends a message that the people of Lamar County will not tolerate those who ruin so many lives by distributing meth.”