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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

GREGG COUNTY MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 19-year-old Longview, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            JUAN PRIETO RETANO 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 July 2004 until about October 2008, Retano possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in the Longview, Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment on Feb. 4, 2009, charging him with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            Retano faces up to Life in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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

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