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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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LOUISIANA MAN SENTENCED FOR COCAINE IN EAST TEXAS

BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 31-year-old Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

ANTHONY J. LEE pleaded guilty on July 16, 2007 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.  Lee was sentenced today by United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.

            According to information presented in court, Lee was arrested on August 23, 2006 during a traffic stop in Jefferson County, Texas.  The arrest was the result of a four year investigation into a cocaine distribution ring.  The investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 150 kilograms of cocaine, $2.3 million in U.S. funds, and the conviction of nine individuals.
  
            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Craft.

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