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


MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            TYLER, Texas – A federal law enforcement task force has arrested seven Mt. Pleasant individuals charged with drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            On May 6, 2010 a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging the following individuals with conspiring with one another to distribute, and distributing, at least 50 but less than 150 kilograms of cocaine from an unknown date through March 25, 2010:

            On June 10, 2010 a federal magistrate in Tyler issued an arrest warrant for Jose Andres Mejia Rangel, 26, who was charged by complaint with conspiring to distribute and distributing cocaine.  All of the defendants in the indictment have been arrested.  Jose Andres Mejia Rangel is still at large. 

            On June 11, 2010, officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fanned out to locate and arrest the defendants and execute four search warrants.

            If convicted, the defendants each face up to Life in federal prison.

            This is being investigated by DPS, ICE, IRS, and the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

            A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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