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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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OPERATION ICEBOX DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR DEALING METH

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 33-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

DAVID BRYAN RUSSELL pleaded guilty on May 24, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute more than 35 grams of pure methamphetamine.  Russell was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis and was also ordered to the forfeiture of $50,000.00.

            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 27 convictions, over $300,000.00 cash, cars, firearms, and one house seized, and $2.1 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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Baldwin.

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