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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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ALABAMA MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS
IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(TYLER, TX)   United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 23-year-old Alabama man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
LARRY KELLEY FORD, of Dothan, Alabama, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Ford had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of marijuana on May 1, 2007. 
According to information presented in court, the charges are the result of a March 2, 2005 Indictment wherein Ford and three co-conspirators were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  Also named in the Indictment were Tawanna Townes, Justin Mandrell Johnson and Michael Jerome McDaniel.  All have now been sentenced for their respective roles in the offense.

            The charges are the result of an investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and the Criminal Law Enforcement Division, Narcotics Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Moore.

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