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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 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 two men have been sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine related charges in the Eastern District of Texas.  United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis presided over the sentencing hearings held yesterday.
ALEJANDRO TIJERINA, 27, of Longview, was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and a related firearm charge;

ERICK SCHMIDT, 31, of Gilmer, received a 27 month sentence and was ordered to spend half his sentence in federal prison and the other half in home confinement.

According to information presented in court, an investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of “ice” methamphetamine in East Texas, during which twenty individuals were arrested.  A 36-count indictment was returned in May 2006 charging Tijerina, Schmidt, and 18 co-defendants with federal charges.  Tijerina and Schmidt pleaded guilty on December 4, 2006.  

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and the Gregg County CODE Unit.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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