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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2007                                                    PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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THREE SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL CRIMES
IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that three men have been sentenced to federal prison for separate federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearings were held today before United States District Judge Leonard Davis

BOBBY GENE CRUSE, 47, of Marshall, Texas, pleaded guilty on June 1, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 65 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, an ongoing investigation began in January 2003 into the distribution of methamphetamine in East Texas.  The operation, dubbed Operation Icebox, has resulted in numerous undercover purchases and seizures of both drugs and guns.  A one-count federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury in Tyler on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including Cruse.   

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

JESUS A. GONZALEZ-OLVERA, 29, born in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico, pleaded guilty on June 11, 2007, to being an unlawful alien in possession of a firearm and was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, an officer was dispatched by the Longview Police Department to a home in Longview on September 20, 2006, where the defendant was found to be an illegal alien in possession of a machine gun that he was firing inside the residence while his family members were present.  A federal indictment was returned in January of 2007 charging Gonzalez-Olvera with federal charges. 

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Longview Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.

MARTIN ALBARRAN LOPEZ, 41, of Tyler, pleaded guilty on May 24, 2007 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of at least 200 grams but less than 350 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 46 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, on February 15, 2007, law enforcement officers executed a State Search Warrant at a residence on Aspen Trail in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. Upon execution of the Search Warrant, officers located approximately 300 grams of methamphetamine inside the residence. The methamphetamine was packaged in separate plastic bags and containers indicating that they were packaged for resale. Officers also found a co-defendant to be in possession of approximately $744.00 in U.S. Currency. 

Through the cooperation of the co-defendant, who stated that he had purchased a pound of methamphetamine from Lopez earlier that day, officers were able to arrest Lopez when he arrived at the Aspen Trail residence in possession of approximately 84 grams of methamphetamine, which Lopez planned to deliver to the co-defendant.  Lopez was also found to be in possession of approximately $610.00 in U.S. Currency.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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