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Cass County Man Sentenced For Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

MARSHALL, Texas – The Eastern District of Texas Attorney Damien M. Diggs announced that the court sentenced an Avinger man to more than 24 years in federal prison for drug trafficking violations.

Joshua Adam Tolar, 41, pleaded guilty on Jan. 26, 2023, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 292 months in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap on July 17, 2023.

According to information presented in court, Tolar was part of a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in the Marshall area. On Jan. 12, 2021, law enforcement officers intercepted a package of almost three kilograms of methamphetamine shipped through the postal service and intended for Tolar.

On May 8, 2021, law enforcement officers stopped Tolar and found him possessing 505 grams of methamphetamine and 110 grams of marijuana. As the importer and distributor of methamphetamine, Tolar was held responsible for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute multiple kilos of methamphetamine. Tolar was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 15, 2022, and charged with drug trafficking violations.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigators, Texas Department of Public Safety-Criminal Investigations Division, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol worked on this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Locker prosecuted the case.