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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010                                        PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FLORIDA WOMAN SENTENCED FOR EAST TEXAS DRUG TRAFFICKING
Beaumont traffic stop results in 10 year sentence

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 27-year-old Florida woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Tuneshya LaTierra Miller, of Havana, Florida, was convicted by a jury on Nov. 19, 2009, of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  The Judge also ordered a $1 million forfeiture judgment against Miller.

According to information presented in court, Anaya was arrested after a Beaumont traffic stop of another individual resulted in an investigation revealing a 3 year conspiracy to transport cocaine and marijuana from Houston to Florida.  This case involved the possession and distribution of more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and 1000 kilograms of marijuana and the indictment of five individuals on Aug. 5, 2009.  Miller and another defendant were convicted following a seven-day trial in November 2009.  Another defendant pleaded guilty and has since been sentenced and the final two defendants are scheduled for trial on Oct. 12, 2010.

During the investigation, it was determined that this conspiracy involved multi-jurisdictions and a parallel investigation, involving other co-conspirators from the Florida area, resulting in the convictions of six other defendants.  Additionally, another parallel investigation, involving other co-conspirators in the Tennessee area, has resulted in convictions of 36 other co-conspirators in this case.

            The case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Narcotics Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.

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