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MISSISSIPPI MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN DRUG CONSPIRACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2011

MICHAEL LADARRYL FULTZ, age 31 a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, Louisiana pled guilty today before U. S. District Judge Helen Berrigan for violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act involving the trafficking of cocaine, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

FULTZ and his co-defendant ANDREW THOMAS, age 25, a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, who previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, were transporting over 2.2 kilos of cocaine in a rental vehicle on I-10 in Hammond, when stopped by the Louisiana State Police. The defendants had placed the cocaine inside the frame of the car to prevent detection.

FULTZ plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. FULTZ faces up to forty (40) years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $5,000,000, four (4) years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100.00 special assessment. In addition, FULTZ is currently on federal supervised release in Mississippi. FULTZ is scheduled to be sentenced on November 23, 2011.

THOMAS faces up to forty (40) years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $5,000,000, four (4) years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100.00 special assessment. THOMAS is scheduled to be sentenced on November 9, 2011.

The case was investigated by Louisiana State Police and Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney W. Scott Laragy.

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