Louisiana man sentenced for Orange County meth delivery

Louisiana man sentenced for Orange County meth delivery

A 38-year-old Vinton, Louisiana man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales Feb. 17.

Jeremy James Wimberly was found guilty by a jury on Sep. 5, 2014 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wimberly was sentenced to life in federal prison Feb. 17 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, in September and October 2013, Wimberly made two controlled deliveries of a large amount of methamphetamine to an individual in Orange County.  After the drug transaction on Oct. 23, 2013, law enforcement officers attempted to make a traffic stop on Wimberly. However, he led them on a 23-mile high-speed chase at speeds reaching approximately 135 mph in Orange County before running out of gas in south Newton County and fleeing on foot. K-9 Units assisted with the pursuit, tracking the fleeing suspect and eventually cornering him to allow pursuing law enforcers to detain him.

Wimberly was found to have discarded a gun and a large quantity of methamphetamine during the chase, thrown out the window of his vehicle as he attempted escape. Further investigation revealed Wimberly was a convicted felon at the time of the incident and prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition. He has prior convictions for unlawful carrying of a weapon, prescription fraud, evading arrest, robbery, and assault and has spent time in prison at the Holliday Unit in Huntsville. Wimberly and a female companion, identified as 27-year-old Jessica Diane Smith, were arrested after the 2013 pursuit and taken to the Orange County Jail. Wimberly was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 6, 2013 and charged with federal drug and gun violations.

The case was investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Beaumont Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Englade and Baylor Wortham.

See related story of initial K-9 pursuit and arrest at http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/police-dogs-track-fleeing-suspects-orange-county.