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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

SMITH COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 55-year-old Tyler, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            DEBORAH ELIZABETH ROWELL pleaded guilty on July 23, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 63 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Rowell also agreed to a forfeiture judgment of $200,000.

            According to information presented in court, from April 2008 through April 2009, Rowell possessed methamphetamine with intentions to distribute it in the Longview, Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 6, 2009, charging Rowell with federal drug trafficking crimes.

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

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