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Jackson Man Sentenced To 240 Months For Drug Trafficking Charges

August 22, 2012

Memphis, TN – Frederick Cole, age 41, of Jackson, Tennessee, was sentenced on
August 20th to 240 months in federal prison by United States District Judge S. Thomas
Anderson for conspiracy to distribute marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Section 846,
announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated a marijuana trafficking ring in the
Western Tennessee area, including Jackson and Memphis. During the course of the
investigation, Frederick Cole was identified as a large-scale marijuana distributor who directed
others to distribute large amounts of marijuana in the Jackson area and elsewhere. Cole would
travel to the United States-Mexico border and, along with co-conspirators, arrange for the
marijuana to be shipped to Tennessee.

The defendant pleaded guilty in November 2011. Pending his sentencing, the United
States Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation learned that the defendant had made
threats on a sitting United States District Judge, an Assistant United States Attorney, a law
enforcement officer, and two local attorneys.

At sentencing, the Court found that Cole was responsible for the distribution of more than
1,200 kilograms of marijuana. The Court also found that Cole’s sentence should be enhanced for
obstructing justice and threatening court officials.

United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III, said: “Cole’s prosecution and sentence
demonstrate that we are serious about eradicating our communities of illegal drugs. I hope other
drug traffickers get the message.”

Brian K. Chambers, the Resident Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement
Administration, Memphis Office commented on the sentencing, “This organization’s marijuana
trafficking activities clearly fed many illicit drug users. Because of the high volume of drugs
that this defendant admitted to distributing, his sentence is appropriate and he will spend welldeserved
time in prison. I commend our local law enforcement counterparts who played a crucial
role in conducting this investigation.”

This case was a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, Bolivar Police Department, and the
Madison County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States
Attorney Matt Wilson on behalf of the government.

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