- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TYLER, Texas (AP) - Federal authorities have announced the indictments of 27 individuals after a lengthy investigation of a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

A U.S. Attorney’s statement Wednesday says the 27 were charged in a sealed March 14 indictment with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute the drug.

Each of the 27, if convicted, would face 10 years to life in federal prison. Two of the 27 also are charged with being criminal aliens in the country illegally and four with firearms violations.

The indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Tyler says the defendants conspired to distribute at least 3½ pounds of the drug in the Jacksonville and Cherokee County areas, beginning last July.

During the investigation, federal agents made about 40 controlled buys of more than $65,000 worth of meth.

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