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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

HENDERSON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 42-year-old Athens, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            FRANK CLINTON JAMES pleaded guilty on Nov. 3, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison on Mar. 16, 2010, by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  James also agreed to a forfeiture judgment in the amount of $10,000.

            According to information presented in court, James was involved in a drug distribution ring responsible for distributing methamphetamine to other individuals in the Longview area from April 2008 to April 2009.  An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on May 6, 2009, charging 9 individuals, including James, with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, 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.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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