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Mallone gets life sentence for plea arrangement

Tyler County Booster

By Valerie Reddell

District Judge Lisa Michalk handed down a life sentence to Angela Ruth Mallone, 46, of Spurger, as part of a plea agreement on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (400 grams) in the 221st District Court in Montgomery County. The guilty plea included an agreement with officials in neighboring jurisdictions to not pursue additional charges she face for acts in 2 016 and 2017. Mallone was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped June 23 on Highway 105 east of Conroe for a defective brake lamp. During the stop, a narcotics K-9 alerted to the right side of the vehicle, indicating the presence of narcotics. Investigators then located a package of more than 15 oz. of methamphetamine and about $18,000 in cash in the defendant's possession. She was arrested and released on bond. She failed to appear in court and nowhere to be found until she was arrested Aug. 17 by the Silsbee Police Department. At the time of that arrest, officers found another eight ounces of methamphetamine and about $6,500 in cash in her possession. After a review of her criminal record, Assistant District Attorney Rob Freyer said Mallone had been to prison for selling or transporting drugs in Texas in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012 and in Louisiana in 2000. She was sentenced eight years in prison for a prior Montgomery County case for drug sales. After her released, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said his officer began receiving numerous calls and tips reporting that she was selling narcotics in the Dam B and Spurger area. "In August 2015, Tyler County deputies arrested Mallone in Spurger for possession of about 125 grams of methamphetamine in a school/drug free zone," Weatherford said. "After being later released, Mallone began selling and transporting illegal narcotics through Central and East Texasa until her Montgomery County arrest." Freyer thanked officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Tyler County Sheriff's Office and Silsbee Police Department for all the hard work and long hours put into this case. "This was a collaborative effort by these agencies that resulted in the removal of one of the biggest drug dealers in Southeast Texas, and it once again shows that those who choose to sell or transport any kind of drugs in and through Montgomery County, will reap the consequences and held accountable if they are caught doing so," Freyer said. Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford also praised the multi-agency effort. "A lot of man-hours were put in on this," Weatherford said. The citizens of Tyler County deserve prosecution/punishment such as this sentence handed down in Montgomery County."

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