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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2009                                        PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            TYLER, TX—U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments late yesterday charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
 
            BRAD STERLING LEE, JR., 25, from Hephzibah, Georgia, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and carrying and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

            According to the indictment, on July 24, 2008, Lee was stopped for a traffic violation in Rusk County and found to be in possession of 8.5 kilograms of marijuana concealed in two coolers in his trunk and a handgun in his car.  If convicted, Lee faces up to 5 years in federal prison on the two drug charges and up to life in federal prison on the firearms charge.  

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

            DANIEL FAULKNER, 24, of Tyler, Texas, is charged with possessing and passing counterfeited funds.

            According to the indictment, on July 13, 2008, Faulkner passed approximately twenty-one $20 bills at the Wal-Mart located at 5050 Troup Highway in Tyler, TX.  If convicted, Faulkner faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the U. S. Secret Service and the Tyler Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.
 
            RICHARD DOBBS CUNNINGHAM, 39, of New Boston, Texas is charged with driving while intoxicated, Repeat Offender.  

            According to the indictment, Cunningham is charged with operating a motor vehicle on the Red River Army Depot while having a blood alcohol level over the .08 legal limit.  Cunningham had been previously convicted once in 2005 of driving while intoxicated.  If convicted of this charge, he faces up to one year in federal prison and suspension of driving privileges.

            This case is being investigated by the Red River Army Depot and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson. 

            CHRISTOPHER ROBERT SIMPSON, 38, of New Boston, TX, is charged with driving while intoxicated, Repeat Offender.

            According to the indictment, Simpson is charged with operating a motor vehicle on the Red River Army Depot while having a blood alcohol level over the .08 legal limit.  He had previously been convicted twice in 1992 of driving while intoxicated.  If convicted, Simpson faces up to 10 years in federal prison and suspension of driving privileges.

            This case is being investigated by the Red River Army Depot and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson. 

 

          It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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