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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008                                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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SHREVEPORT MAN GUILTY IN EAST TEXAS DRUG CONSPIRACY

(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 48-year-old Shreveport, Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

RAY EDWARD COX pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine today before United States District Judge John D. Love.  He faces up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million at sentencing. 

            According to court documents, since 2005, the Cox was part of a conspiracy to traffic in more than 500 grams of methamphetamine to others in and around East Texas and West Louisiana.  In October 2007, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging 14 people with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. 

A sentencing hearing has not been set.
                       
            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division and Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals Service, the Panola County Sheriff's Office, the Harrison County District Attorney's Office, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office, the Marshall Police Department, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office, the Louisiana State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby is prosecuting the case.

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