Texas Man Gets Life for 42 Pounds of Meth

Friday, May 6, 2011  |  Updated 10:41 AM CDT
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Texas Man Gets Life for 42 Pounds of Meth

Williamson County Sheriff's Department

William Silva

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A jury has sentenced a 27-year-old Brownsville man to life in prison in what authorities call the largest methamphetamine drug bust in Williamson County history.

District Attorney John Bradley said William Silva must also pay a $250,000 fine. The verdict was reached Friday afternoon in the trial, which began Tuesday.

Silva was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance.

A sheriff's deputy pulled him over on Interstate 35 near Jarrell in September. Silva was arrested for driving with a suspended license, and a police dog detected narcotics. Investigators found 42 pounds of methamphetamine inside a false compartment in the floor of the car.

The sheriff's office said that amount of methamphetamine is worth about $1.7 million.

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