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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

PALESTINE, TEXAS WOMAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, Texas – A 37-year-old Palestine, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Melissa Ann Holley pleaded guilty on Jan. 7, 2010 to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Holley was also ordered to pay a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $10,000.

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

            This case was investigated by the ATF, the DEA, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Palestine Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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