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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2007                                                                 PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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FOUR SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR
DRUGS, CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, MONEY LAUNDERING

 

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that four men have been sentenced to prison for separate federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  United States District Judge Leonard Davis presided over the sentencing hearings.

ODELL ROBERTS, JR., 53, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for money laundering.

According to information presented in court, o n January 19, 2006, Roberts was stopped for speeding by a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper while traveling in a rental car on US Highway 59 South near Carthage, Texas.  During the traffic stop, the Trooper called for a narcotics detection dog that alerted on the trunk area of the rental vehicle.  A subsequent search of the rental vehicle trunk revealed two bags of money in the right fender well and one in the left fender well.  These three bags of money contained a total of $70,925.00, which Roberts admitted that he was provided to transport to Houston for the purpose of purchasing marijuana. 

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault prosecuted the case.

            JEFFREY SCOTT RAY, 47, of Nacogdoches, has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

According to information presented in court, o n September 20, 2006, law enforcement officers conducted a search of Ray’s residence in Nacogdoches in which two personal computers that contained visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct where recovered.  A forensic analysis of the computers revealed 26 visual depictions involving minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

This case was being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In February 2006, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/ .

            This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Longview Police Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault.

            PAUL MICHAEL HORTON, 43, of Jacksonville, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for being a methamphetamine user in possession of explosives.

According to information presented in court, Horton was arrested last summer after law enforcement authorities found twenty five one pound canisters of black powder with a length of fuse inserted into a one pound canister of Pyrodex explosives in a safe at his residence during a search warrant.  Horton admitted that he possessed explosives at his home in Cherokee County in June of 2006 and that he was a methamphetamine user, which prohibits him from receiving or possessing explosives under federal law.  Horton was indicted on July 11, 2006 and charged with    possessing a destructive device.   

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregg Marchessault appeared in court for Jim Middleton, who was the lead prosecutor in the case.

 

ERNEST CHARLES STINSON, JR., 28, of Longview, was sentenced to 160 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine. 

According to information presented in court, on June 22, 2006, in Longview, Stinson was found to be in possession of crack cocaine with the intent of distributing it in East Texas. A federal grand jury indicted Stinson in October of 2006 and he pleaded guilty to the charges on January 3, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Longview Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Moore.

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