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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 02, 2011

RUSK COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING VIOLATIONS

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

Jerry Gilstrap pleaded guilty on July 5, 2011, 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 and was sentenced today to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

                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 of 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.

                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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