United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TWO GUILTY OF METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING IN EAST TEXAS
TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two persons have pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas.
ERICA ANN PHILLIPS, 27, of Carthage, and TIMOTHY COOPER, 27, of Zwolle, LA, were indicted in October 2007 and charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. They pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, since approximately 2005, Phillips and Cooper were 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, including Phillips and Cooper, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Phillips faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $2 million. Cooper faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $1 million. A sentencing date 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. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.
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