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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 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 22-year-old Karnack woman has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
HEIDI COLLARD was sentenced for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, an investigation began in January of 2003 revealing a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  To date, this conspiracy involved the distribution of over 500 grams of methamphetamine. A federal indictment was returned in September 2006 charging Collard and three co-defendants with federal charges.  Collard pleaded guilty to the charges on February 21, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.



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