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Fort Worth Men Sentenced to Lengthy Federal Prison Sentences for Role in Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas — Two Fort Worth, Texas, area men were sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to serve lengthy federal prison sentences for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Matthew Rutledge, 33, was sentenced to 324 months in federal prison, and Joel Prickett, 37, was sentenced to 160 months in federal prison.  Each pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in the case, since approximately 2014, Rutledge and Prickett distributed methamphetamine to others.  A total of 29 defendants were charged in that case; 28 have been convicted, and most of those have been sentenced.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Fort Worth Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Smith was in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated January 12, 2016

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