DOJ SealDepartment of Justice

United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007                                                                 PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                              CELL: (409) 553-9881
                                                                                                    

LONGVIEW MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 36-year-old Longview man has pleaded guilty to methamphetamine violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
           
BILLY DEAN DRIGGERS pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love yesterday. 

According to information presented in court, in January 2003, an ongoing investigation began into the distribution of “ICE” methamphetamine in East Texas.  The investigation, dubbed “Operation Icebox”, has resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  An Information was returned by a federal grand jury on February 6, 2007 naming 16 individuals, including Driggers. 

Driggers faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a $2 million fine at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            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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