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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 05, 2011

FLINT, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF DRUG AND GUN CRIMES

TYLER, Texas – A 43-year-old Flint, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jerry Gilstrap pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

                According to information presented in court, on Feb. 16, 2011, Gilstrap was found in possession of a Ruger LCP .380 semi-automatic pistol while in possession fo 50 grams of pure methamphetamine which he intended to distribute in the Eastern District of Texas.  Gilstrap was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 6, 2011 and charged with federal drug and gun violations.

Gilstrap faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison for the narcotics charge and a consecutive 5 year sentence for the gun violation.  A sentencing date has not been set.

                This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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