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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2007                                       PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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GUILTY PLEAS HEARD IN TYLER FEDERAL COURT

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that four individuals have pleaded guilty to various federal drug-related violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The plea hearings were held today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

WESLEY DALE DICKERSON, 29, of Longview, admitted to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

HUNTER QUIN TILLERY, 27, of Gilmer, admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

ERIC CHAD AARON, 27, of Gladewater, admitted to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

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.  A federal indictment was returned on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including Dickerson, Tillery, and Aaron with federal crimes.   

Dickerson and Tillery each face up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  Aaron faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.  Sentencing dates have not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. 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 United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.

 

In a separate case, ZACHARY DAVID EDWIN KISER, 27, of Lindale, pleaded guilty to being a methamphetamine user in possession of a firearm.  Kiser had been indicted and charged by a federal grand jury on May 1, 2007.
           
Kiser faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the University of Texas at Tyler Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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