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            BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that FREDDY EARL PETERS, a former Jasper County Constable, has been sentenced to ____ months in federal prison for methamphetamine-related charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

Peters, 60, of Evadale, was sentenced by United States District Judge Thad Heartfield for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

            According to information presented in court, Peters, an elected constable for Precinct 6 covering the Evadale area, was arrested on July 5, 2006 for buying methamphetamine in a Silsbee motel.  According to investigators, electronic surveillance recorded the transaction, which was part of a month-long undercover sting operation.  Peters pleaded guilty to federal charges on January 25, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Beaumont Police Department and the Silsbee Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Rawls.