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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 04, 2012

Smith County Man Guilty of Dealing Meth in East Texas

TYLER, Texas – A 32-year-old Tyler, Texas man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Sipriano Relles pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie. 

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 20, 2012, Relles was found in possession of approximately 66.9 grams of actual methamphetamine, which he intended to deliver to others in and around the Eastern District of Texas.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Apr. 11, 2012, charging Relles with federal violations.

Relles faces up to 40 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tyler Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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