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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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THREE GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS

TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that three 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.

BILLY SHANE FORD, 30, of Royse City, admitted to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. 

CLARA ARNETTE WHITE, 31, of Longview, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess 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 Ford and White, with federal crimes.   

Ford faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  White faces up to life in federal prison and a $4 million fine.  Sentencing dates has 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, SHARLANDA MCCOY, 38, of Tyler, pleaded guilty to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  McCoy was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2007.

McCoy faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  A sentencing date has not been set.         

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