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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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EAST TEXANS GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two East Texans have pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            ROBERT KENETH CHAPMAN, 28, of Bullard, Texas, and MELISSA ANN HOLLEY, 37, of Palestine, Texas, each pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            According to information presented in court, Chapman and Holley admitted to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in the East Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Aug. 5, 2009, charging Chapman, Holley and 7 others with federal drug violations.

            Chapman and Holley each face up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing.  Sentencing dates have not been set.

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Palestine Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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