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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008                                                  PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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BEAUMONT, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a 31-year-old Nederland man with drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
            STEVEN RAY ANGELLE was indicted today and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

            According to the indictment, Angelle was arrested on March 18, 2008 after selling approximately 65 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover officer in Port Arthur, Texas.   Angelle was found to have approximately 200 grams of crack cocaine in his possession at the time of his arrest.

            If convicted, Angelle faces up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Port Arthur Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John B. Ross.

            It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


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