LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 28-year-old Jasper, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
According to a press release, Shane Dwayne Hadnot pleaded guilty on Dec. 10, 2014, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone. The drug violations are tied to the national story of the disappearance of Alfred Wright.
According to information presented in court, on Nov. 7, 2013, Alfred Wright, of Jasper, Texas, was reported missing by his family after his truck broke down in rural Sabine County, Texas. Articles of Wright's clothing were found on private land, approximately a mile from where Wright was last seen. After searchers initially failed to locate Wright, his body was found on Nov. 25, 2013 in brush near where his clothing had been found. An investigation into the cause of Wright's disappearance and death revealed his involvement with Shane Hadnot. Phone records, witness statements, and drug evidence located during the search of Shane Hadnot's car, indicated that Hadnot was selling cocaine to Alfred Wright.
Documents showed during the two-day period before Wright's death, Hadnot and Wright exchanged 20 text messages. The indictment alleged that on Nov. 7, 2013, Wright sent a text message to Hadnot at 12:36 pm requesting to purchase cocaine and other illegal narcotics from Hadnot. Wright went missing approximately five hours later. An autopsy was performed on Wright's body and toxicology testing revealed that Wright's blood contained cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax. The final autopsy report, and other experts in the fields of pathology, toxicology, and anthropology concluded that Wright's cause of death was an accident due to combined drug intoxication. Hadnot was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2014 and charged with drug trafficking violations.
According to a press release this case was investigated by the Texas Rangers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brit Featherston and John B. Ross.
"We don't normally let you behind the curtain of what we do when we investigate these cases but it was critically important not only that we charge the person responsible for Alfred Wright's death but that we communicate to the citizens of East Texas the extraordinary efforts that were engaged in state, local federal law enforcement to find Alfred Wright and to solve what happened to Alfred Wright," said US Attorney John Malcom Bales. "I want people to know in East Texas that we have spared no expense and have expended thousands of man hours trying to determine what happened to Alfred Wright."
Wright's body was found on Nov. 25, located between dense brush on a narrow game trail about 260 yards west of the residence where the clothing was found. He was partially clothed, wearing underwear and one sock and both shoes.
An autopsy was performed on Nov. 26. Dr. John Ralston, a forensic pathologist with the Southeast Texas Forensic Center, found six shallow puncture wounds on Wright's body. They measured about .2 inches and were located on his left palm, lower abdomen and left leg. Ralston did not find any severe trauma on Wright's body, but noted soft-tissue damage to his face and neck with was consistent with insect and animal scavenging activity. Ralston found a phone inside Wright's right sock and a key ring inside his left shoe. It included keys to his truck.
Texas Ranger Danny Young confirmed the puncture wounds were consistent with the size of the barbs on the barbed-wire fence.
Rangers interviewed Hadnot on Dec. 11. The indictment states Hadnot told Young he had sold marijuana to Wright on Nov. 7 but denied selling anything else that day. He did admit to selling cocaine to him in the past.
On Jan. 7, a toxicology report concluded the drug findings in Wright's blood. Ralston's final report concluded Wright's cause of death was combined drug intoxication and his manner of death was accident.
According to the indictment, Texas Rangers contacted the Wright family's attorney and requested a meeting with the family. They also asked for permission to search his computer and truck, which was not granted.
That same day, the Rangers submitted Ralston's report to forensic pathologist Dr. Sparks Veasey, for his review. He reported he concurred with Ralston's report.
On June 25, the US Attorney's Office submitted all reports to forensic toxicologist Dwain C. Fuller for his examination and analysis.
On July 28, Fuller said Wright's cause of death was consistent with combined drug intoxication and excited delirium, which is often induced by stimulants and manifests as a combination of delirium, agitation, anxiety and hallucinations. In many cases the elevated body temperatures result in the victim undressing, according to the indictment.
"Nothing can we do today or can we do in the future can erase the terrible tragedy of Alfred Wright's death for his family, for his wife and children," said Bales. "Alfred's parents aren't resolved to this decision or conclusion of the investigation. We have solved the mystery of the death of Alfred Wright. Shane Hadnot's cocaine killed Alfred Wright."