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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2007                   PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TWO SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL CRIMES

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a man and a woman have both been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearing was held today before United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.
 
ANDRES SAENZ REYNA, 36, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty on August 22, 2007, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 108 months in federal prison.

CHRISTINA JEAN ROSS, 28, of Gilmer, Texas, pleaded guilty on August 27, 2007, to Possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in federal prison.

According to information presented in Court, an ongoing investigation began in January of 2003 into the distribution of methamphetamine in East Texas.  The operation has resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  A one-count federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury in Tyler on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including Reyna and Ross.   

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office, the Longview Police Department and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.
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