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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                
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(TYLER TX)               United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

JOHN ALEX WHITE, 29, of Longview, and THOMAS ERIC EDMONSON, 30, of West Tawakoni, Texas, both admitted to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love. 

According to information presented in court, an 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.  An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including White and Edmonson.   

At sentencing, White faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  He has also agreed to forfeit a firearm involved in the investigation.  Edmonson faces up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million, and has also agreed to forfeit numerous items, including firearms.  A sentencing date has not been set for either defendant at this time.

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


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