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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2007                                       PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TWO SENTENCED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS IN NORTHEAST TEXAS

TEXARKANA, TX -- United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have been sentenced to federal prison for separate drug-related charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

REGINALD M. BLACK, 23, of Texarkana, Texas pleaded guilty on April 25, 2007, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm at the time of the drug offense.  Black was sentenced to 199 months in federal prison today by United States District Judge David Folsom.

According to information presented in court, Black was arrested on July 28, 2006 and found to be in possession of crack cocaine and a firearm.  Black was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2006 and charged with federal drug violations. 

            This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Baldwin.

In a separate case, MIKE ADAN FELIX, 34, of Laredo, pleaded guilty on March 5, 2007 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by Judge Folsom.

According to information presented in court, o n July 13, 2005, Felix left his home in Laredo, Texas and travelled with another person to San Antonio, Texas where he received a pickup to drive along with an auto transport trailer loaded with a Mercury automobile.  The Mercury contained approximately twenty kilos of cocaine that was located within a hidden compartment.  The plan was for Felix to drive the Ford pickup hauling the trailer with the Mercury for the purpose of delivering the cocaine to an individual in Chicago, Illinois.  On July 14, 2005, in Titus County, Texas Felix was driving the Ford pickup eastbound on I-30 when he was stopped by a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper for a traffic violation.  The cocaine was discovered in the Mercury during a consent search.

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregg A. Marchessault. 

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