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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2012

Rusk County, Texas Constable Indicted on Federal Charges

   TYLER, Texas -  The current Rusk County, Texas Precinct 2 Constable has been charged with federal drug and firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.   

Benjamin Thomas Ferrell, 36, of Henderson, Texas, was indicted on Mar. 8, 2012 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and delivery of a firearm to a convicted felon.  Ferrell was arrested today and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie this afternoon for an initial appearance in federal court.   

According to the indictment, Ferrell is alleged to have conspired with an unindicted co-conspirator from Dec. 2001 to Jan. 2012, to possess with intent to distribute phentermine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and marijuana.  It also alleges Ferrell sold an SKS assault rifle to a known felon on Jan. 12, 2012. 

            If convicted, Ferrell faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the drug violations and up to 10 years for the firearms offense.

                This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI East Texas HIDTA Task Force and the Rusk County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.

                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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