News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2008

Six People Arrested Today for Violating the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005

MAR 12 -- February 19, 2008 (Houston, Texas) ZORAN B.YANKOVICH, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Field Division of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), and JOHNNY SUTTON, United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas announced the arrest of six Waco-area residents for violations of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) of 2005.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Zoran B. Yankovich stated, “ Today's arrests underscore the effectiveness of tools in the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act (CMEA) that thwart the illegal use of pseudoephedrine in the production of methamphetamine. Today’s actions represent another way in which the Drug Enforcement Administration and its Federal, State and Local partners are working together towards eliminating the production of methamphetamine, and should be a warning to those who think that they can purchase large amounts of pseudoephedrine without facing legal consequences.

Early this morning agents and officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Waco Resident Office, United States Marshals Service (USMS), Waco Police Department Drug Unit, Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Unit, the Mc Lennan County Sheriff’s Office and the Temple Police Department arrested the following defendants without incident:

Robert Lewis PADEN, age 49, of Waco;
Rikke Rene GORE, age 39 of Waco;
Donald Ray GAUER, age 51 of Waco;
James Edward HOLDBROOK, age 50 of Bellmead, Texas;
Julia Ashley ALLEN, age 24 of Waco; and,
Robert Lee BISHOP, age 42 of Waco.

All six were charged federally with knowingly or intentionally purchasing, at pharmacies during a thirty-day period, more than nine (9) grams of pseudoephedrine. The charge is a felony for PADEN, GORE, GAUR and HOLDENBROOK since their criminal histories reflect at least one prior drug conviction. Upon conviction, PADEN who has two prior drug convictions, faces up to three years in federal prison and a minimum $5,000 fine. GORE, GAUR and HOLDENBROOK each have one prior drug conviction and face up to two years in federal prison and a minimum $2,500 fine. The charge is a misdemeanor for ALLEN and BISHOP. Upon conviction, each faces up to one year in federal prison and a minimum $1,000 fine. This investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

These arrests were the result of a two year investigation conducted jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Texas with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service (USMS), Waco Police Department Drug Unit, Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Unit, the Mc Lennan County Sheriff’s Office and the Temple Police Department. Assistance in this investigation was also provided by the Texas National Guard.

The prosecuting attorney for this case is Assistant United States Attorney Mark L. Fraizer.

Criminal complaints and indictments by a grand jury are accusatory in nature and should not be considered a determination of guilt. All defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.

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