DOJ SealDepartment of Justice

United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2007                                                           PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                            CELL: (409) 553-9881
                                                                                                    

GILMER MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 34-year-old Gilmer man has pleaded guilty to methamphetamine violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

JASON ALLEN HIXON pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before United States Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on February 15, 2007, law enforcement officers executed a State Search Warrant at Hixon’s Upshur County residence in Gilmer.  During the search, officers located approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine “ICE” and firearms inside the residence.  The drugs were packaged for distribution.  Hixon was also found to be in possession of $744.00 in U.S. Currency.

Hixon could receive up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million at sentencing.  The defendant has also agreed to forfeit all firearms.  A sentencing date has not been set.

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

           

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