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August 10, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida, announced today that TERRENCE L. WATSON, 30, and SENICA C. HERBERT, 34, both of Pensacola, were sentenced yesterday to life in prison by Senior United States District Judge Lacy Collier following their convictions for participating in a narcotics conspiracy involving five (5) kilograms or more of cocaine. These are the latest in twenty-plus convictions stemming from related Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) prosecutions by the United States Attorneys Office in Pensacola over the last two years.

To date this series of OCDETF cases has resulted in federal convictions for residents of Texas, Alabama, and Florida, including several defendants with direct ties to organized crime in Mexico. The convictions have resulted in four (4) life sentences and five (5) sentences of twenty years or more, on charges involving narcotics, firearms, and related violence.

Listed below are some of those sentenced in related OCDETF cases in U.S. District Court in Pensacola. The investigations leading to these convictions were jointly conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Pensacola Police Department (PPD), the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO). The Pensacola prosecutions have all been handled by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas P. Swaim.

Case No. 3:07cr110-LAC
James Edward Smith, III ; 30, of Pensacola – 294 months on 1/22/2008

Case No. 3:10cr31-MCR
Keishaun Irby; 28, of Pensacola – 264 months on 10/13/2010

Case No. 3:10cr32-MCR
Charles Anthony Nettles; 34, of Pensacola – 294 months on 9/17/2010

Case No. 3:10cr57-MCR
Billy Ray Roberson; 40, of Houston, TX – 120 months on 12/10/2010
Ronald Bernard Woods ; 39, of Pearland, TX – 240 months on 9/2/2010
Michael Freeman; 39, of Houston, TX – Life on 9/2/2010

Case No. 3:10cr67-RV
Charles Wade; 54, of Pensacola – 210 months on 10/27/2010
Phillip Dewayne Parker; 36, of Pensacola – 204 months on 10/27/2010
Alejandrino Popoca; 33, of Foley, AL – 360 months on 12/8/2010
Jorge Laureano-Arvayo; 41, of Hennosillo, Mexico – 120 months on 12/7/2010
Juan Jalomo-Ruiz; 45, of Foley, AL – 78 months on 12/9/2010
Francisco Torres-Rodriguez; 23, of Foley, AL – 162 months on 12//2010

Case No. 3:10cr86-MCR
Gregory Leonard King, Jr.; 32, of Pensacola – Life on 11/17/2010

Case No. 3:10cr87-MCR
Christopher Jermaine Watson (Lemon Head); 29, 0f Pensacola – 120 months on 11/23/2010

Case No. 3:10cr99-MCR
Samuel Johnson; 40, of Pensacola – 120 months on 1/18/2011
Winerford Virgin; 37, of Pensacola – 120 months on 1/18/2011
Jarvis Johnson; 25, of Pensacola – 87 months on 2/1/2011

Case No. 3:11cr37-LAC
Senica C. Herbert; 34, of Pensacola – Life on 8/9/2011
Terrence L. Watson; 30, of Pensacola – Life on 8/9/2011

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