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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2007                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 26-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
CASEY LEE BRIGGS, JR. admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before United States Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, an investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of methamphetamine in East Texas.  The operation has since resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  A federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury on july 10, 2007 charging Briggs with his involvement in the conspiracy.

Briggs faces up to life in federal prison and a $4 million fine at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set at this time.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.


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