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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
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe/                                                              CELL: (409) 553-9881
                                                                                                    

OPERATION ICEBOX DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR DRUG CRIMES

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 26-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

JAIME LONG was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

            According to information presented in court, an investigation began in October 2004 into the distribution of “ice” methamphetamine in east Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.  During this time, the investigation resulted in 22 undercover drug purchases, the purchase and seizure of at least 15 handguns and the seizure of at least four pounds of “ice” methamphetamine and amounts of marijuana and pharmaceutical drugs, the seizure of three vehicles and a safe containing approximately $300,000 cash.  A 26-count federal indictment was returned in March charging 19 co-defendants with federal charges.  Thus far in Operation ICEBOX, there have been 19 convictions, over $300,000 cash, cars, firearms, and one house seized, and $1.95 million in forfeiture judgments. Long pleaded guilty to federal drug charges on February 27, 2007.
  
            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Tyler Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and the Henderson Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William Baldwin and Mary Ann Cozby.

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