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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          CONTACT:  KATHLEEN GOLDYNIA
THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008                                  ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                            PHONE: (972) 509-1201


SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that three North Texas residents have been sentenced for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            DAVID JACOBS, 36, of Plano, AMBER JARRELL, 37, of Plano, and MATTHEW WILLIAMS, 39, of Dallas, plead guilty in November 2007 to distributing anabolic steroids. They were sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard A. Schell. 

Jacobs was sentenced to 3 years probation and a $25,000.00 fine, Jarrell was sentenced to 3 years probation and a $1,000.00 fine, and Williams was sentenced to 3 years probation and a $10,000 fine.

            All three defendants were part of a larger conspiracy to distribute illegal steroids from February 2006 until April 2007.  All defendants were arrested as part of Operation Raw Deal, an international effort by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies aimed at illegal steroid trafficking from China, Mexico and other countries.  Raw Deal has resulted in more than 125 arrests nationwide.

“The illegal distribution of steroids is a growing crisis and threat in our communities,” stated U.S. Attorney Ratcliffe.  “We will continue to investigate and prosecute anyone engaged in the distribution of these dangerous drugs.”


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