Tyler man sentenced for dealing meth

Tyler man sentenced for dealing meth
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 4:08pm

TYLER, Texas - A 20-year-old Tyler, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Juan Prieto Retano pleaded guilty on Nov. 23, 2009, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis. Retano also agreed to a forfeiture judgment of $50,000.

According to information presented in court, since July 2004, Retano was 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, including Retano, with federal drug trafficking crimes.

This case was investigated by the ATF, the FBI, 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.

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