A Chandler man was convicted Thursday and sentenced to 45 years in prison for trafficking illegal drugs in Smith County. 

Anton Lamont Stewart Jr., 24, was arrested after a traffic stop and a search of his vehicle by the Tyler Police Department revealed he was in possession of about 7 grams of methamphetamine, more than 1 gram of cocaine, 79 bars and pills of Xanax and two digital scales, according to a news release from the Smith County District Attorney's Office. 

The DA's office said Tyler police officers testified during the trial that the amount of controlled substances and digital scales were indications that Stewart was dealing narcotics.

At punishment, the jury heard about Stewart’s lengthy criminal history and about him fleeing the area before his original trial date and having to be tracked down and rearrested, according to the DA's office. 

Stewart faced 15 years to life in prison based on his criminal history. 

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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