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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

NINE ARRESTED IN FEDERAL HYDROCODONE STING

            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.

            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 Apr. 14, 2010, charging them with being involved in a hydrocodone distribution ring in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  The following individuals were in custody and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Bush on Apr. 22, 2010, for initial appearances: 

            According to the indictment, beginning in April 2007, these individuals conspired to obtain and distribute hydrocodone in the north Texas area around Dallas/Fort Worth known as the Metroplex.  To facilitate the scheme, the defendants are alleged to have obtained prescriptions for hydrocodone, had the prescriptions filled at various pharmacies, and then distributed the hydrocodone to others.  Detention hearings have been scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2010. 

            The defendants are each charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone.  If convicted, they could receive up to 5 years in federal prison

            Additionally, Samuel Corey Current is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  It is alleged that Current was in possession of a pistol and a shotgun on Nov. 20, 2009.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the DEA and the Allen Police Department and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

            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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