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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007                                                          PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                CELL: (409) 553-9881



TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 27-year-old Upshur County man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

ALEJANDRO PEREZ 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 the residence of a co-defendant in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. Upon execution of the search warrant, Officers located approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine inside the residence.  The methamphetamine was packaged in separate plastic bags and containers indicating that they were packaged for resale.

Through the cooperation of the co-defendant, officers were able to arrest Perez when he arrived at the residence in possession of approximately $800 in cash as payment by Perez to the co-defendant for a drug debt.

Perez 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, the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office and the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.




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