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July 17, 2011

Smith County Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking Charges

      TYLER, Texas – A 28-year-old Tyler, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Ernesto Renteria pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love. 

            According to information presented in court, from an unknown date until June 9, 2011, Renteria agreed with other persons to acquire and distribute 26 grams of pure methamphetamine in Tyler, Texas.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 22, 2013, charging Renteria with drug trafficking violations.

            Renteria faces a minimum of five years and up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

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




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