A federal judge Friday sentenced a defendant arrested in North Richland Hills to 40 years in prison on a methamphetamine distribution charge.
It was the maximum sentence allowed for that charge, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office.
Christopher Michael Stewart, 40, pleaded guilty in November to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, the release said.
On Aug. 19, 2015, North Richland Hills officers stopped Stewart for several traffic violations, including an expired Texas registration sticker, court documents state.
They had earlier developed evidence that Stewart was going to deliver methamphetamine to an address in the 6600 block of North Beach Street in Fort Worth. Officers were watching the location, according to court documents.
Stewart, driving a 2005 Dodge pickup, refused to consent to a search of his truck, and a drug-sniffing dog was called in, court documents stated.
After the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics, officers searched the pickup and recovered about 1,157 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded Glock handgun, packaging equipment and approximately $17,600 in cash, according to court documents.
The Glock was later found to be stolen.