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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012

Tarrant County Man Guilty of Drug Crimes in East Texas

TYLER, Texas – A 38-year-old Fort Worth, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Ray Lee Ransom, Jr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone, alprazolam, and promethazine with codeine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

                According to information presented in court, from May 2009 through May 2010, Ransom purchased hydrocodone, alprazolam, and promethazine with codeine from numerous pharmacies in the Eastern District of Texas and other areas using fraudulent prescriptions.  He then sold the controlled substances to others.  Ransom and five others were indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 2, 2011. 

Ransom faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

                This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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