Meth dealer heads to prison

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 51-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been ordered to federal prison after selling large amounts of meth from a Corpus Christi residence, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Franklin Herbert Odell pleaded guilty Oct. 5, 2021, to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute meth.

Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton ordered him to serve a 125-month term of imprisonment to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted Odell’s multiple drug trafficking convictions.  

The investigation began following reports of drug distribution in the area of Winnipeg Drive in Corpus Christi. This ultimately led to the execution of a search warrant at Odell’s residence in February.  At that time, authorities discovered him in his bathroom flushing a bag of suspected meth down the toilet. They were able to recover over 300 grams of pure meth from the residence along with other narcotics.

Odell has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn prosecuted the case.