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

                                     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

TYLER WOMAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES

 

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 32-year-old Tyler, Texas woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            MELISSA ANN AYERS pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, Ayers was involved in a drug distribution ring responsible for distributing methamphetamine to other individuals in the Tyler and Longview areas from February 2004 to February 2009.  A 17-count indictment was returned by a
federal grand jury on Feb. 4, 2009, charging 19 individuals, including Ayers, with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            Ayers faces up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County CODE Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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