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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            PLANO, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 9 individuals have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            On April 14, 2010, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies began arresting individuals named in an indictment returned by the federal grand jury on Jan. 14, 2010, charging them with being involved in a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution ring in Montague, Cooke, and Denton counties and the surrounding area.  The following individuals were in custody and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush on Apr. 15, 2010, for initial appearances: 

            According to the indictment, beginning in May 2008, these individuals conspired to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine in the north Texas area in and around Montague, Cooke, and Denton counties.  To facilitate the scheme, the defendants are alleged to have traveled to various pharmacies to purchase cold pills containing pseudoephedrine in order to produce large quantities of methamphetamine for distribution. 

            The defendants are each charged with conspiracy to manufacture with intent to distribute methamphetamine, attempting to manufacture with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and aiding and abetting in the manufacture of methamphetamine.  If convicted, they could receive up to Life in federal prison for each charge.

            Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham expressed his sincere appreciation for the agencies involved in investigating this case and making the arrests, "This case would not have been possible without the cooperation of Montague County Deputy Jon Cheshire, Bowie Police Department Investigator Chris Hughes and Texas Ranger Ron Pettigrew." Sheriff Cunningham also said, "This case sends a message to these people that this type of activity will not be tolerated in Montague County."

            This case is being investigated by the Montague County Sheriff's Office, the Bowie Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division and the U.S. DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Rattan.

            An indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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