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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 27-year-old Dallas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
LEROY RODRIGUEZ, JR. admitted to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

According to information presented in court, an ongoing investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of methamphetamine in East Texas.  The operation has resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  On February 6, 2007, a federal indictment was returned by the grand jury 16 individuals, including Rodriguez, with federal crimes.   

At sentencing, Rodriguez faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  A sentencing date has not been set at this time.

            This case is being 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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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