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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2007                                                           PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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UPSHUR COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEALING METHAMPHETAMINES

TYLER, TX – Acting United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 41-year-old Upshur County man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

Martin Albarran Lopez admitted to being involved in a 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 a residence on Aspen Trail in Gilmer, Texas, which revealed approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine AICE@ inside the residence. The drugs were packaged in separate plastic bags and containers indicating that they had been prepared for resale.  The resident of the home identified Lopez as the person the drugs had been purchased from.  Officers were able to arrest Lopez when he arrived at the residence in possession of approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine AICE@ and approximately $610.00 in U.S. Currency.

Lopez faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million at sentencing.  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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