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Four East Texans involved in drug ring sentenced

Four East Texans involved in drug ring sentenced

POSTED: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:42am

TYLER, TX - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that four individuals have been sentenced to federal prison for federal drug and gun violations in the Eastern District of Texas. The sentencing hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

ASHLEY MARIE BOUTWELL, 28, of Kilgore, pleaded guilty on July 16, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison today. Boutwell also agreed to the forfeiture of all weapons seized and a judgment of $10,000.

BRANDON DYESS GREER, 32, of Longview, pleaded guilty on July 28, 2009, to possession of an unregistered firearm and was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison today. Greer also agreed to the forfeiture of all weapons seized and a judgment of $100,000.

MICHELLE LYNN HITT-BONNER, 31, of Longview, pleaded guilty on Aug. 25, 2009, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 56 months in federal prison today. Hitt-Bonner also agreed to a judgment of $10,000.

MELISSA ANN AYERS, 33, of Tyler, pleaded guilty on July 20, 2009, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison today. Ayers also agreed to a judgment of $50,000.

According to information presented in court, since February 2004, the defendants were part of a drug conspiracy ring distributing methamphetamine to others in the Longview, Texas area. A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment on Feb. 4, 2009, charging 19 individuals with federal drug trafficking crimes.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County CODE Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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