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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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ORANGE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR SELLING COCAINE
IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(BEAUMONT, TX)   United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 30-year-old Orange, Texas man has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            DERRICK JERMOND COLLINS pleaded guilty on September 14, 2007 to possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, on December 20, 2006, Collins and a co-defendant sold 1.28 grams of cocaine to an undercover officer in Orange, Texas.  A search of Collins at the time of his arrest revealed he was in the possession of an additional 23.08 grams of cocaine and over $3,000.00 in cash.  Collins was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 7, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the Orange Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Craft.

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