A longtime Fort Worth drug dealer has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for selling cocaine to an undercover officer in a restaurant parking lot in 2012.
A Tarrant County jury sentenced Nathaniel Washington, 50, of Fort Worth on Wednesday afternoon after convicting him of delivery of a controlled substance, 4 to 200 grams.
Washington must serve a quarter of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.
“This man had an extensive criminal history and had already been convicted of selling drugs once before,” Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Taylor Ferguson said in a news release Thursday. “Enough is enough. Drug dealers will not be tolerated in Tarrant County.”
Ferguson prosecuted the case with Assistant District Attorney Kim D’Avignon.
An Arlington police officer assigned to the Tarrant County Narcotics Unit developed information that Washington was selling drugs in summer 2012, according to testimony this week.
On June 1, 2012, Washington met the officer in the parking lot in the 2500 block of Northeast 28th Street in Fort Worth and sold him $450 worth of cocaine. Washington said he could get significantly more drugs, including methamphetamine and marijuana.
Washington was later arrested.
During the punishment phase of the trial, the jury heard that Washington was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 1990 for dealing cocaine. Jurors also heard that Washington had convictions for aggravated sexual abuse, robbery, vehicle burglary and aggravated assault.