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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007                                                           PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                CELL: (409) 553-9881



TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 23-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

ANTHONY ANDREW BRUNNER pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in Court, an ongoing investigation began in January of 2003 into the distribution of Aice@ methamphetamine in East Texas.  The operation, dubbed Operation Icebox, has resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  A federal indictment was returned on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including Brunner.   

At sentencing, Brunner faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  He has also agreed to forfeit some firearms.  A sentencing date has not been set for Brunner at this time.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office, the Longview Police Department and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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