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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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OPERATION ICEBOX DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR DRUG CRIMES

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 35-year-old Canton man has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

GREGORY BEAVER pleaded guilty on May 4, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine.  Beaver was sentenced today before 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 individuals with federal charges.  Thus far in Operation ICEBOX, there have been 22 convictions, over $300,000 cash, cars, firearms, and one house seized, and $1.95 million in forfeiture judgments.
  
            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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