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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010                                 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                              PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881


            TYLER, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 10 individuals have been arrested and charged with various crimes including drug trafficking, firearms violations, and counterfeiting in the Eastern District of Texas. 

Seven men and three women were named in six separate indictments, which were returned by a federal grand jury on Feb. 2, 2010.  The following individuals were arrested yesterday and today and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love this afternoon for initial appearances: 


            These defendants each face up to 40 years in federal prison if convicted.


            These defendants each face up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.


Ditmore faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

            The indictments and arrests are the result of an investigation which began in the Fall of 2008 led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, assisted by other federal, state and local agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Enforcement, the U.S. Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Smith County Sheriff's Department and the Tyler Police Department.  These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.

An 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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