RUNNELS COUNTY - A Ballinger man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of possession of a controlled substance, 119th District Attorney John Best reported. The trial was held at the Runnels County Courthouse Sept. 25-26.

RUNNELS COUNTY - A Ballinger man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted of possession of a controlled substance, 119th District Attorney John Best reported. The trial was held at the Runnels County Courthouse Sept. 25-26.

Homero Hernandez, 41, was convicted for possession of less than one gram, which a state jail felony, however, due to prior convictions, the charge was enhanced to a second degree felony, which also increased the punishment range from 2-20 years in prison.

Stuart Holden was the lead prosecutor on the case and Brent Ratekin was the assistant prosecutor. Hernandez was represented by Rae Leifeste and Chris Flores.

Best said Hernandez was one of the defendants arrested in a large undercover drug operation spearheaded by then deputy and now Sheriff Carl Squyres.

"Drug dealers better take notice that my office and the Runnels County Sheriff's Office take a special interest in these cases," Best said. "We recognize the damage methamphetamine is doing to our communities and will pursue harsh punishment for criminals caught dealing.