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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     CONTACT:  Donna Krise
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008                                      ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                               PHONE: (936) 639-4003


(LUFKIN, TX)      A 28-year-old Lufkin man has been found guilty and convicted of using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  A federal jury in Lufkin convicted SHANNON SHUNKIE HOOPER late this afternoon.

        According to information presented in court, Hooper was arrested on outstanding state warrants on December 13, 2007.  During a search of his residence, officers recovered a handgun, which was lying on top of a shoebox containing sixteen pre-packaged "baggies" of marijuana, commonly referred to as "dime bags" in drug parlance.  Marijuana recovered in this form has been packaged for distribution. 

Hooper, who had previously been convicted of a felony offense, is precluded from possessing a firearm.
        The guilty verdict was returned this afternoon after a two day trial before United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.  The jury deliberated about one and one half hours before reaching their verdict.

        Hooper faces not more than ten years in federal prison for the offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and not more than five years for the possession of the marijuana with the intent to distribute.  In addition to these terms, Hooper also faces a mandatory five year term of imprisonment, to be served consecutively to the penalties for the other two offenses, and fines up to two million dollars.  A sentencing date has not been set.

        The case was investigated by the Lufkin Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Flournoy.

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