25 Years in Prison in Drug, Assault, and Weapons Case

Preston Watson has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for multiple drug, assault, and weapons charges in Hendry County. He was adjudicated guilty of the following:

Actual Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon – 3 counts
Possession of a Place with Knowledge of Trafficking, Sale, or Manufacture of a Controlled Substance – 2 counts
Sale of a Controlled Substance within 1,000 ft. of a Public Park – 2 counts
Aggravated Assault with a Firearm – 1 count
Trafficking in Amphetamine (14 grams or more) – 1 count
Conspiracy to Traffic (7 grams or more) in a Controlled Substance – 1 count
Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device – 1 count

Watson was arrested as part of an investigation in 2019 by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit into a criminal organization selling drugs and firearms in Hendry County. Watson was running a “trap house” in LaBelle, meaning a house utilized to sell drugs. He sold drugs to undercover law enforcement claiming it was heroin. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement analysis determined it was a mixture of methamphetamine and fentanyl. In another investigation, Watson arranged to sell a trafficking amount of methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement. During the arranged sale in the home Watson was running, he pointed a firearm at the officer and cocked the trigger.

During a third investigation, Watson and co-defendant Angel Herrera, sold a “Tommy Gun” style firearm to the undercover law enforcement officer.

Watson did an open plea to the court, which is a defendant’s right to plea directly to a judge, giving up their right to a jury trial. It is not a plea agreement.

Co-defendant Angel Herrera was sentenced to a 3-year minimum/mandatory sentence for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Assistant State Attorney Clark Cary prosecuted the cases.


Samantha Syoen

Communications Director

State Attorney’s Office