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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TWO SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that two individuals have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a drug trafficking scheme in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            CAMILO RAMOS HERNANDEZ, 42, of Dallas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Hernandez also agreed to a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $100,000.

            CONNIE MARIE PAYNE, 32, of Brownsboro, Texas, pleaded guilty on July 29, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Payne agreed to a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $75,000.

            According to information presented in court, from April 2008 until about April 2009, Hernandez and Payne possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in the Longview, Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 6, 2009, charging Hernandez, Payne and six others 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 and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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