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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007                                                             PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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GREGG COUNTY BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two Gregg County brothers have been sentenced for federal drug and firearm violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis presided over the sentencing hearings.

FERMIN DIAZ, 44, of Longview, was sentenced today to 135 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and an additional 60 months in federal prison for a related firearm violation, for a total sentence of 195 months.   

FELIPE DIAZ, 29, of Longview, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to information presented in court, an investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of “ice” methamphetamine in East Texas.  During this time, the investigation resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals.  A 36-count federal indictment was returned in May charging both Diaz brothers and 18 co-defendants with federal charges.  Fermin Diaz and Delipe Diaz both pleaded guilty to the charges on November 9, 2006.

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