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BROWNSBORO WOMAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES
TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 49-year-old Brownsboro, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
TARA JEAN ONEY-HICKS pleaded guilty on Aug. 13, 2009, to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Oney-Hicks was also ordered to submit to the forfeiture of $20,000.
According to information presented in court, Oney-Hicks 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 Oney-Hicks, 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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