A 34-year-old Tyler native is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute crack and powder cocaine, according to a press release from acting U.S. attorney Brit Featherston issued Tuesday afternoon.

According to court proceedings that took place in May 2016, Nyrearae Lewis took about 130 grams of cocaine to a residence in Tyler and intended to sell the drugs.

The homeowner then helped him convert some of the cocaine into crack.

After leaving the residence because the homeowner did not want to purchase any of the drugs, Lewis left in his vehicle but was stopped by police for a traffic violation before reaching his next destination. Police found the cocaine in his vehicle under the passenger seat where Lewis was sitting.

Lewis was indicted about a month later and was charged with drug trafficking violations. He was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Tyler Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety – Law Enforcement Division, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.