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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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EAST TEXANS SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES

            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a man and woman have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearings were held today before U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. 

            JASON MICHAEL PRYOR, 34, of Palestine, Texas, pleaded guilty on June 9, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison.  Pryor also agreed to a $10,000 forfeiture judgment.

            TERAH ELIZABETH HARRIS, 21, of Chandler, Texas, pleaded guilty on June 24, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison.

            According to information presented in court, a February 2009 traffic stop led to the discovery of a drug trafficking ring responsible for transporting methamphetamine from Dallas to Tyler, Texas for distribution.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Mar. 4, 2009, charging seven individuals with federal drug trafficking crimes. 

            To date, this investigation has resulted in the seizure of approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine, firearms, and over $30,000 in cash and automobiles.  Co-defendants, Jose Luis Abarca, was sentenced to 195 months in federal prison; Marcus Ondre Mumphrey, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison; Eric Fernando Reyes was sentenced to 195 months in federal prison; and Kevin Wade Brown was sentenced to 131 months in federal prison.  An additional co-defendant has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. 

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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