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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2008                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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GEORGIA MAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS
IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

(BEAUMONT, TX)   United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 25-year-old Gainesville, Georgia man has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            ARTURO HERRERA pleaded guilty on December 20, 2007 to possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.

According to information presented in court, on October 23, 2007 Herrera was stopped by an officer with the Beaumont Police Department on Interstate-10 in Jefferson County for a routine traffic violation.  A search of Herrera's vehicle revealed 16 bundles wrapped in tape secreted under the body of the vehicle.  Forensic analysis determined the bundles contained over ten kilograms of cocaine.  Herrera was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 7, 2007.

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

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