Grayson Co. judge sentences meth dealer to 40 years

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- A Sherman man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for what's being called one of the largest meth bust cases in Grayson County.

Carey Gatewood, 24, has been convicted of possession of 200 to 400 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

First Assistant District Attorney Kerye Ashmore was the lead prosecutor in the case.

"I think [Judge Jim Fallon] sent out a strong message about what methamphetamine is doing to the fabric of our community, our society," Ashmore said.

Gatewood, along with 33-year-old Kendrea Taylor, were caught with a half pound of methamphetamine and some mushrooms after a search warrant was executed on Taylor's home in December 2013.

The search of Taylor's home was a collaborative effort by Sherman police, Denison police and the Grayson Co. Sheriff's Office and Texas DPS Troopers, according to Ashmore.

But this wasn't Taylor and Gatewood's first meth-related run-in with police.

On October 20, 2013, Anna, Texas officers made a traffic stop on Gatewood and found another half pound of meth in his car. Taylor was with him at the time.

"Gatewood, as the investigation showed, was going to Dallas and picking up about $10,000 worth of meth at a time," Ashmore said. "Anywhere from a half to a pound of methamphetamine."

Then, four days later, on October 24, Sherman police found one to four grams of meth on Gatewood during another traffic stop.

Gatewood will serve a 40 year concurrent sentence for all convictions, which includes various counts of possession of meth, a probation violation and possession of the mushrooms found during the search.

Taylor will also soon be sentenced for possession of 200 to 400 grams with intent to deliver, stemming from the search warrant incident.

"She also plead guilty to two cases stemming from her selling methamphetamine to a DPS undercover officer," Ashmore said.

In addition, two other women were arrested by police and are believed to be a part of the same drug network.

Ashley Navarro, 30, has been convicted of two counts of possession of mushrooms between four and 200 grams with intent to deliver. She's also been charged with one count of possession of meth between one and four grams with intent to deliver.

Navarro, according to Ashmore, was inside Taylor's house moments before law enforcement served the search warrant. Officers reportedly followed Navarro and made a traffic stop on her -- that's when they found the drugs.

Navarro has plead guilty and is expected to be sentenced on September 24.

In addition, Heather Reeves, 38, has been charged with one count of engaging in organized criminal activity, one count of possession of meth between one and four grams with intent to deliver and two counts of state jail possession of meth.

Reeves has not entered a plea and is currently expected to go to trial at a later date.

As for the Anna, Texas incident when officers found 200 to 400 grams of methamphetamine (half a pound) in Gatewood's vehicle, Collin County prosecutors have yet to take action on the case, according to criminal court records.

That case, according to Ashmore, could be handed over to federal prosecutors.