A Gatesville man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to felony drug charges in Coryell County District Court.

Merton Lamont Barnwell pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of possession of methamphetamine in an amount of 4 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, with intent to deliver. Barnwell was arrested in July after Coryell County sheriff’s deputies more than 50 grams of meth in his home while serving a search warrant.

Deputies also found packaging materials and digital scales during their search.

According to Coryell County Sheriff Dusty Boyd, Barnwell also will face a parole board, which will determine if he will serve time for violating the conditions of his early release from prison on prior offenses.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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