Cody Harris Herd, 40, of Denison was found guilty late yesterday to the offense of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in an amount of 4-200 grams following a jury trial in 59th District Court with Judge Larry Phillips presiding.

The same jury that found Herd guilty came back Wednesday, and after hearing punishment evidence, sentenced Herd to life in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A written statement from the Grayson County District Attorney’s office said that in June of 2018, a Denison Police narcotics investigator began receiving information about Herd selling methamphetamine. Narcotics investigators worked the lead for several months and eventually made a controlled purchase of narcotics from Herd in exchange for $100. This controlled purchase, along with other information, led to DPD narcotics investigators obtaining a search warrant for Herd’s house on September 11, 2018. Inside Herd’s wallet were several of the $20 bills which had the known serial numbers from the $100 controlled purchase.

Investigators recovered nearly an ounce of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun from search of the house.

Evidence presented at punishment showed Herd had numerous prior felony convictions, including penitentiary trips for possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.

In a news release Assistant District Attorney Britton Brooks said, “Herd was made a reasonable plea offer, but chose to roll the dice with a Grayson County jury. We are certain he now regrets that decision.”

“I hope the Texas prison system is paying attention to what is happening in Grayson County with child molesters, drug dealers, and repeat or violent offenders. If so, they are going to need to build a few more prisons,” District Attorney J. Brett Smith said in a news release.