Longview man gets prison time for dealing ecstasy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 3:29pm

A 31-year-old Longview, Texas man has been sentenced for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Rickey Spratling pleaded guilty on Apr. 10, 2012, to possession with intent to distribute ecstasy and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

According to information presented in court, on May 7, 2011, Spratling was found in possession of the drug ecstasy, which he intended to distribute. Spratling also admitted to possessing a gun during a drug trafficking crime. Spratling was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 5, 2011.

This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the ATF and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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