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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2008                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TYLER MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 40-year-old Tyler man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

JUAN CAMACHO CALDERON was indicted on November 6, 2007 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, five kilograms of cocaine, 1000 marijuana plants.  Calderon pleaded guilty to the charges today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            According to information presented in court, since 2005, law enforcement authorities have investigated the distribution of "ice" methamphetamine by Calderon's Tyler-based drug trafficking organization.  The investigation has revealed that this organization has been involved in the distribution and sale of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana in East Texas.

            Calderon faces up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million.  He also has agreed to the forfeiture of all interest in seized property and a forfeiture judgment of $1 million.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This investigation, dubbed "Operation Thin Ice," is being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst.

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