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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

ATHENS, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 41-year-old Athens, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            FRANK CLINTON JAMES pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, from April 2008 until April 2009, James possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in the Longview, Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned a 1-count indictment on May 6, 2009, charging James with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            James 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Smith County Sheriff's Office, the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, the Canton Police Department, and the Dallas Police Department Gang Unit.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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