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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007                                                                        PHONE: (972) 509-1201
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            TYLER, TX – A combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies arrested three individuals involved in a criminal enterprise in Marshall, Texas, involving the possession and distribution of cocaine base, also known as “crack” cocaine.
            According to information presented in court, an investigation began in August of 2006 into the distribution of crack cocaine in East Texas by Eddie Blacknell, age 40, Don Earl Singleton, age 34, and Alonzo Macon, age 34, all of Marshall, Texas.  During this time, the investigation resulted in several undercover drug purchases and the seizure of at least 280 grams of crack cocaine.  A 5-count federal indictment was returned on April 3, 2007, charging the three men with federal charges.  Count one of the indictment charges the defendants with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of at least 150 grams but less than 500 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine.  If convicted, the defendants face up to life in prison and fines of more than $4 million.  It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of either innocence or guilt.

The defendants in custody will make an initial appearance at 2:00 pm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham in Marshall, Texas.
            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Marshall Police Department, the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.