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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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GREGG COUNTY MEN GUILTY OF SEPARATE FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have pleaded guilty to separate drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The plea hearings were heard yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love. 

THOMAS DALE AMBURN, 29, of Longview, pleaded guilty to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

            According to information presented in court, since approximately July 2004, Amburn had been conspiring to distribute methamphetamine with others in and around the Longview, Texas area.  A federal superseding indictment was returned on October 2, 2007, charging 15 individuals with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

At sentencing, Amburn faces a sentence of up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine up to $2 million.  A sentencing date has not been set at this time.
  
            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit (CODE), Gregg County Sheriff's Office and the Longview Police Department.  

JESSE JOSEPH MONTOYA, 27, of Longview, pleaded guilty to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to information presented in Court, a co-defendant was purchasing multiple ounces of methamphetamine from Montoya and other co-defendants in the Longview area.  A one-count federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury in Tyler on June 5, 2007.   

At sentencing, Montoya faces up to 40 years imprisonment and a fine up to $2 million.  He has also agreed to forfeit some United States currency.  A sentencing date has not been set for Montoya at this time.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 
 
            Both cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.
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