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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2007                                  PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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LONGVIEW MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS
IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 36-year-old Longview man has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

BILLY DEAN DRIGGERS, 36, of Longview, Texas, pleaded guilty on June 13, 2007, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Leonard Davis.

According to information presented in court, an ongoing investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of methamphetamine in East Texas.  The operation, dubbed Operation Icebox, has resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  A one-count federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury in Tyler on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including Driggers.   

            This case was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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