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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

ANDERSON COUNTY WOMAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 36-year-old Palestine, Texas woman has pleaded guilty in a methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Eastern District of Texas.

            MELISSA MARIE GRIMESpleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            According to information presented in court, Grimes 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 Grimes and 8 others with federal drug violations.

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

            This case is being 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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