A California-based truck driver has been sentenced to federal prison after he admitted to transporting drugs in exchange for $30,000.
Thirty year old Dejohntae Zeche Keith Williams was sentenced to eight years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana.
Williams previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
The charges stem from a traffic stop that occurred on May 7, 2021, in Indiana.
Williams was pulled over for speeding on I-65 by Indiana State Police.
When troopers searched the truck, they found two large, black duffel bags on the top bunk of the sleeper berth.
The bags contained 162 packages of methamphetamine weighting approximately one pound each.
Williams later admitted to Homeland Security Investigations that he had agreed to deliver the drugs toLouisville, Kentucky, in exchange for $30,000.
“The Crossroads of America remains an attractive target for the drug traffickers who seek illegal profits with utter disregard for the individuals and families harmed by abuse of dangerous substances,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “I commend the ISP Troopers who successfully intercepted this large quantity of methamphetamine involved and ISP’s partnership with Homeland Security Investigations to ensure that this criminal was held accountable. The serious federal prison sentence imposed today should serve as a warning to drug traffickers everywhere: Indiana’s highways are not a safe space to push your poisons into our communities.”
“HSI and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate and remove from our streets those involved in the illicit drug trade,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Fitzgerald, who oversees the HSI Chicago area of operations. “We are committed to combating the dangerous threat methamphetamine poses to our citizens and the safety of our communities.”
“The Indiana State Police will continue to work with its federal, county and local law enforcement partners in an effort to not only keep these dangerous and potentially deadly drugs out of our communities, but to also hold those responsible for transporting and trafficking them into those communities,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent, Doug Carter.