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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007                                    PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 32-year-old Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to federal drug crimes in the Eastern District of Texas.
CEDRIC SHAWN MITCHELL PAYNE admitted to possessing the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine today before United States Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, Payne was stopped for speeding on March 26, 2007 and found to be in possession of five kilograms of cocaine.  A federal indictment was returned on June 5, 2007 charging Payne with federal drug crimes.

Payne faces up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set at this time.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard L. Moore.



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