United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TWO SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS
IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
(TYLER, TX) United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
HUNTER QUIN TILLERY, 27, of Gilmer, pleaded guilty on August 29, 2007 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison.
BILLY SHANE FORD, 31, of Royse City, pleaded guilty on August 29, 2007 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison.
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 Tillery and Ford, 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 Moore.
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