DOJ Seal Department of Justice  

United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009                                               PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                  DIRECT (409) 981-7902 CELL: (409) 553-9881


TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 36-year-old Longview man has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a Gregg County crack cocaine trafficking ring in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearings were held today before. 

HOWARD WAYNE STINSON pleaded guilty on Jan. 7, 2009, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Stinson also agreed to the forfeiture of a gun, ammunition and a forfeiture judgment of $10,000.   

            According to information presented in court, since approximately January 2006, Stinson was 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 with federal drug and gun crimes.

            This case was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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