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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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GLADEWATER MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS
IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 27-year-old Gladewater man has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

ERIC CHAD AARON pleaded guilty on August 29, 2007 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, an ongoing 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.  A federal indictment was returned by the Grand Jury on February 6, 2007 charging 16 individuals, including Aaron, with federal drug crimes.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the U.S. 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 United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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