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LEADER OF MULTI-STATE ARMED COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY
SENTENCED TO SERVE SEVENTEEN YEARS IN PRISON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Tracy Hull, 38, of Pensacola, was sentenced this afternoon to serve 17½ years in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to unlawfully use communication facilities and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

The federal indictment charged that between January 2008 and March 22, 2010, Tracy Hull, 38, Karriem Jones, 37, Douglas Jones, 41, Donnelle Gulley, 29, Justin Odom, 19, of Pensacola, Florida, and Jason Green, 23, Perry Jennings, 25, of the Houston, Texas area and Ernest Mallety, 59, Kevin Mallety, 28, Johnnie Mallety, Jr, 29, and Terry Dunning, 29, of the Moss Point, Mississippi area, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute large amounts of cocaine. The charges stemmed from a long-term investigation involving cooperating witnesses, judicially authorized telephone wiretap interceptions and the transportation of over 200 kilograms of cocaine with a street value in excess $7 million. Hull organized the transportation of U.S. currency from Northern Florida to Southern Texas, as well as the return of multi-kilogram loads of cocaine into our communities for distribution. Law enforcement was able to seize cocaine, firearms, vehicles and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash during the course of the investigation. Most of the defendants pled guilty, but Hull went to trial. All were convicted and are presently in the Escambia and Santa Rosa County jails awaiting designation to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

“The seriousness of this sentence perfectly reflects the serious work and tireless, combined efforts of law enforcement in this investigation,” explained U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh. “In order to accomplish a successful prosecution of this magnitude, law enforcement and the Department of Justice committed significant resources over an extended period of time. Only as a result of this commitment and investment will we be able to continue to put an end to large drug trafficking organizations, as we have today.” U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Pensacola Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations Division, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine and the United States Marshals Service, whose joint investigation led to Hull’s conviction. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg.

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