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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2009                                      PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that three Longview, Texas men have been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

            LEONARDO DAVINCI ALFORD, 30, pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2008, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced today to 150 months in federal prison. 

            QUINCY L. HEAD, 28, pleaded guilty on Oct. 30, 2008, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison. 

            LARRY NORRIS CANADA, 25, pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, 2008, to the use and carrying of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison. 

            According to information presented in court, since approximately January 2006, the defendants were part of a drug distribution ring dealing crack cocaine to others in and around the Longview, Texas area.  An 87-count federal superseding indictment was returned on May 13, 2008, charging 29 individuals, including Alford, Head and Canada, with federal drug and gun crimes. 

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.


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