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


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 34-year-old Elkhart, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            ROBERT DAVID MOBLEY, JR., pleaded guilty on Sep. 29, 2009, to possessing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on Mar. 23, 2010 by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Mobley also agreed to the forfeiture of multiple guns and ammunition which were seized at the time of his arrest.

            According to information presented in court, Mobley admitted to being involved in a drug trafficking ring which distributed methamphetamine in the East Texas area.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Aug. 5, 2009, charging Mobley and 8 others with federal drug and gun violations.

            Bryan Heath Cannon and Amanda Beth Cooper pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in September 2009 and are awaiting sentencing.  Robert Kenneth Chapman, Melissa Ann Holley, and Tracy Stanaland pleaded guilty earlier this year and are awaiting sentencing.  The remaining three defendants are set for trial in March 2010.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Palestine Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.


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