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|TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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LONGVIEW MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING
TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 30-year-old Longview, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
MICHEL LEN THOMPSON pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.
According to information presented in court, in January 2009, Thompson was arrested after he was stopped for traffic violations and a search of his vehicle revealed crack cocaine hidden in the air breather of his vehicle. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 5, 2009, charging him with federal drug trafficking crimes.
Thompson faces up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, and the C.O.D.E. Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.
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