FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — A Burnet County jury on Oct. 7 convicted another suspect in connection with a methamphetimine operation spanning multiple counties and involving a large cache of weapons and a network of dealers.
After a three-day trial, the jury convicted Charles Newman Smith Jr., 55, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, according to the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
He was one of more than a dozen people arrested in December 2013 who authorities say conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine across Burnet, Llano, Lampasas, Travis and Williamson counties.
During the raid, local, state and federal law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two Bertram-area residences. Officers seized 70 firearms, $10,000 in cash and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition.
The firearms included handguns, shotguns, assorted rifles such as semi-automatic weapons and at least one silencer.
They also recovered several pieces of body armor.
Authorities said the raids were the culmination of a six-month investigation. Investigators say the suspects were bringing the methamphetamine from Mexico to Bertram.
Ten local, state and federal agencies worked together during the investigation with assistant U.S. Attorneys Doug Gardner and Matt Harding prosecuting the case.