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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009                                   PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                         PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881




            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 24-year-old Tyler man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            JAMES LEONARD COLE pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

            According to information presented in court, Cole and others conspired to distribute 5,000 hydrocodone pills.  Cole was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 7, 2008, and charged with drug violations.

            Cole faces up to 5 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.


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