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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2012

Gregg County Man Guilty of Dealing Ecstasy

TYLER, Texas – A 31-year-old Longview, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Rickey Spratling pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute ecstasy today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

                According to information presented in court, on May 7, 2011, Spratling was found in possession of the drug ecstasy, which he intended to distribute.  Spratling also admitted to possessing a gun during a drug trafficking crime.  Spratling was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 5, 2011. 

Spratling faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

               This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the ATF and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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