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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FOUR SENTENCED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE VIOLATIONS IN EAST TEXAS

 

TYLER, TX --            United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that four men have been sentenced to federal prison for separate methamphetamine-related charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

RAMON PENA, 26, of Longview, pleaded guilty on February 13, 2007, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, an investigation began in January 2003 revealing a drug distribution conspiracy involving over 500 grams of methamphetamine.  A federal indictment was returned in September 2006 charging Pena and three co-defendants with federal drug violations. 

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Moore.

In a separate case, JOSE LUIS ROJAS, 30, of Longview, pleaded guilty on December 4, 2006, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison today by Judge Davis.

According to information presented in court, an investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of “ice” methamphetamine in East Texas.  During this time, the investigation resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals.  A 36-count federal indictment was returned in May charging Rojas and 19 co-defendants with federal charges. 

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Moore.
 

In a third case, JERRY HUDSON, 24, of Tyler, pleaded guilty on May 21, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison today by Judge Davis.

Hudson's co-defendant, DANIEL "DANNY" GOMEZ, 22, of Tyler, pleaded guilty on May 24, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by Judge 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 21 convictions, over $300,000 cash, cars, firearms, and one house seized, and $1.95 million in forfeiture judgments.
  
            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the United States Marshal’s 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 Attorneys William Baldwin and Mary Ann Cozby.

 

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