On Thursday, Bryan Lee Simmons, a 50-year-old attorney from Cass County, Texas, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, according to KLTV.
In addition to his prison sentence, Simmons will not be able to practice law for at least three years after he is released from prison. According to court testimony and evidence, Simmons coordinated with inmates to bring meth into the prison between July and August of 2019.
He was caught on August 29, 2019, when he smuggled meth into the Cass County Jail, but investigators said that they had been watching him for at least a month before that. He told guards that he was meeting a client, but he was really there to deliver a large amount of meth to his contact inside. Simmons was also found with a Colt MK IV .45 caliber pistol. In court, Simmons admitted that he had smuggled drugs into the Cass County Jail on at least two other occasions.
Under federal statutes, Simmons was facing up to 20 years in federal prison, but was ultimately sentenced to four due to his plea agreement. It is not clear if he will be doing time in the same prison that he smuggled drugs into.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice:
Beginning in July 2019 and continuing through August 2019, Simmons agreed with others to distribute methamphetamine in the Cass County Jail. Specifically, on August 29, 2019, he entered the Cass County Jail under the guise of meeting with a client. When he entered the jail, he had methamphetamine hidden on his body, which he intended to distribute to an inmate. Simmons had smuggled drugs into the jail on at least two prior occasions. When Simmons drove to the jail that day, he was carrying a Colt MK IV 0.45 caliber pistol.
This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers Division, with assistance from the Cass County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office and the Cass County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok.