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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009                                          PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                                PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

JURY FINDS TWO GUILTY
OF FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS IN BEAUMONT

            BEAUMONT, TX -    U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a man and woman have been found guilty by a jury of federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JUAN F. ANAYA, 32, of Houston, and TUNESHYA L. MILLER, 26, of Charlotte, NC, were convicted on Nov. 19, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana following a seven-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  The Judge also ordered a $1 million forfeiture judgment against both defendants.

           According to information presented in court, Anaya and Miller were arrested after a Beaumont traffic stop of another individual resulted in an investigation revealing a 3 year conspiracy of at least 10 other individuals to transport cocaine and marijuana from Houston to Florida.  The Beaumont traffic stop netted 237 pounds of marijuana, 2 kilograms of cocaine and a firearm.  Anaya and Miller were indicted on Aug. 5, 2009, and charged with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            Anaya and Miller both face up to Life in federal prison at sentencing.  Sentencing dates have not been set.
 
            The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle S. Englade and Antonetta Stancu.

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