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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008                PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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TWO GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS

BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that two men have pleaded guilty to separate drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

CURTIS JOSEPH HERMAN, 31, of Liberty, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine today before United States District Judge Marcia Crone.

            According to information presented in court, on February 8, 2007, law enforcement officers executing a search warrant at Herman's Liberty, Texas residence discovered cocaine, currency and drug paraphernalia.  Herman was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 1, 2007.

            Herman faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million at sentencing.  He has also agreed to the forfeiture of a firearm.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Craft.

ORLANDO THOMAS HOLLIDAY, III, 31, of Shreveport, Louisiana pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Ecstasy today before United States District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, on September 13, 2007, Holliday was stopped for a traffic violation on Highway 59 in Montgomery County, Texas.  During the traffic stop, law enforcement officers discovered a hidden compartment in Holliday's vehicle containing 14,279 Ecstasy pills.  Holliday was indicted on federal drug charges on September 19, 2007. 

            Holliday faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million at sentencing.  Holliday has also agreed to the forfeiture of a firearm.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Craft.
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