Palestine woman found guilty of drug trafficking
POSTED: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 7:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:27am
TYLER, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 36-year-old Palestine, Texas woman has pleaded guilty in a methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Eastern District of Texas.
MELISSA MARIE GRIMES pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.
According to information presented in court, Grimes admitted to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it to others in the East Texas area. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Aug. 5, 2009, charging Grimes and 8 others with federal drug violations.
Grimes faces up to Life in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, and the Palestine Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.