A Commerce man will spend 10 years and five months in federal prison after pleading guilty in Texas for conspiracy to distribute narcotics and selling, distributing or dispensing narcotics.
James Pittman Jr. was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 24, in U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas, to 125 months in jail.
In addition to the jail time, Pittman was sentenced to five years of supervised release, fined $5,000 and given a “nighttime restriction” from midnight to 6 a.m. — basically a curfew.
A co-defendant, Major White, was sentenced to 75 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release, a $500 fine and a nighttime restriction from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to Angela Dodge, public information officer for the court.
Pittman and White were arrested July 23 after Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials found more than 200 pounds of cocaine in the sleeper compartment of the Volvo tractor Pittman was driving at the Sarita, Texas Border Patrol checkpoint. Sarita is located off U.S. 77 between Brownsville and Corpus Christi.