DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

TYLER MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING VIOLATIONS

 

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 33-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            JUAN MIGUEL ESCALANTE pleaded guilty on Apr. 30, 2009, to being involved in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced today to 64 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, from October 2007 through at least September 2008, Escalante conspired with others to obtain crack cocaine from a source in Dallas and distribute the drug to others in and around the area.  A federal indictment was returned by the grand jury on Feb. 4, 2009, charging four individuals, including Escalante, with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Tyler Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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