LUBBOCK, Texas — Following a four-day trial before Senior U.S.
District Judge Sam R. Cummings, a federal jury convicted Frederick Allen, 44,
of Baytown, Texas, for his role in a drug conspiracy that operated throughout
West Texas. U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of
Texas made today’s announcement.
On March 19, 2018, a jury convicted Allen on one count of conspiracy to
distribute controlled substances and one count of distribution and possession
with intent to distribute cocaine. Allen was remanded to custody
following the verdict.
The penalties for the offenses is up to thirty years in federal prison and a
$2,000,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The government presented evidence at trial that Allen would supply large
quantities of cocaine to mid-level dealers, who in turn, would supply street
dealers in Abilene, San Angelo, and the surrounding areas. Law
enforcement relied on undercover federal agents to infiltrate Allen’s drug
trafficking operation. On Sunday, October 22, 2017, federal agents
conducted an undercover operation in Baytown, Texas. Frederick Allen and
Jesse James Scott drove to the San Jacinto Mall and met with a person they
believed to be a high-level drug dealer. In reality, the person they were
meeting was an undercover federal agent. After Allen and Scott arrived at
the mall in Baytown, the undercover agent purchased a ¼ kilogram of cocaine and
approximately 3,000 methamphetamine tablets. The cocaine and methamphetamine
tablets had a street value of at least $25,000.
subsequently searched Allen’s residence and found approximately $7,000 in
United States currency in various denominations. At trial, Allen told the
jury that the money found in his apartment was from an old vehicle that he sold
to his mother for $6,000. Allen later admitted that his sister had given
him the vehicle for free and that the vehicle was only worth approximately
$4,000. Allen also testified that he was not in Baytown during critical
times in the conspiracy. However, after confronted with GPS data, phone
records, and other evidence, Allen recanted his earlier testimony and admitted
that he must have been in Baytown during the times alleged by the Government.
The Drug Enforcement Administration led the
investigation and was assisted by the Baytown Police Department, the San Angelo
Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S.
Attorneys Russell Lorfing and Sean Long are prosecuting the case.