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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2007                       PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FOUR MORE IN COURT FROM METH ROUNDUP

            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that four additional defendants were in federal court today for initial appearances as a result of methamphetamine drug trafficking criminal enterprise in East Texas. 

            According to court documents, the defendants were part of a conspiracy to traffic in more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.  Since approximately 2005, the defendants had been conspiring to distribute methamphetamine to others in and around East Texas and West Louisiana.

In October 2007, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging 14 people with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  Those involved in the lengthy investigation and today's arrests include the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division and Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, the Panola County Sheriff's Office, the Harrison County District Attorney's Office, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, the Marshall Police Department, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, the Louisiana State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Nine defendants appeared in court on November 13, 2007.

The following defendants are in custody and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie today for an initial appearance:

DAVID MICHAEL ANDERSON, 41, of Shreveport LA
JEREMY CHAD GUILLIAMS, 34, of Marshall
CLIFTON MICHAEL WOODS, 44, of Shreveport LA
RAY EDWARD COX, 48, of Shreveport LA

If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby is prosecuting the case.

            A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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