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A Jacksonville man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for having meth in the Cherokee County Courthouse.

David Anthony Ebanez, 24, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Sept. 4 and was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle, according to a news release.

Based on information presented in court on April 10, he was found in possession of more than 50 grams of a substance containing meth in the courthouse in Rusk. He was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15 and charged with federal drug trafficking violations, the release stated.

The Drug Enforcement Administration Dallas Field Division, Tyler Resident Office; the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Jacksonville Police Department; and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office investigated. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Ann Cozby and Colleen Bloss.

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