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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2008                                        PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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(BEAUMONT, TX)   United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 24-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

ALBERT LEE CLARK was indicted on February 21, 2007 and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  He pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Marcia Crone.

            According to information presented in court, on February 7, 2007, Clark was stopped by an officer with the Vidor Police Department for a routine traffic violation on Interstate 10 in Vidor, Texas.  Clark gave the officer permission to search his vehicle, during which time over 582 lbs of marijuana was discovered hidden in the bed of the truck.

            Clark faces up to 3 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00.  A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Vidor Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Craft.

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