TYLER, Texas – A 29-year-old
Kilgore, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking
violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney
Brit Featherston today.
Jonathan Hearnsberger pleaded guilty on May 16, 2017, to conspiracy to
distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and was sentenced to
60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.
to information presented in court, on Jan. 10, 2017, law enforcement agents
executed a federal arrest warrant for Hearnsberger in Kilgore as a result of an
investigation into illegal drug trafficking in the area. The arrest
resulted in the seizure of $14,624 in cash, heroin, marijuana, and multiple
firearms. Hearnsberger was indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 14,
2016, and charged with federal drug trafficking violations.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Gregg
County CODE Unit, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and the Kilgore Police
Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.