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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009                                                 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 32-year-old Gilmer, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.  The sentencing hearing was held today before U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.   

            STEVEN LEMOND DARDEN pleaded guilty on Jan. 7, 2009, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District judge Leonard E. Davis.  Darden also agreed to the forfeiture of $5,000.00.

            According to information presented in court, since approximately January 2006, the defendant has been part of a drug distribution ring dealing crack cocaine to others in and around the Longview, Texas area.  An 87-count federal superseding indictment was returned on May 13, 2008, charging 29 individuals with federal drug and gun crimes. 

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the East Texas HIDTA Violent Crimes Task Force, the Gregg County C.O.D.E. Unit, the Gregg County Sheriff's Office, the Longview Police Department, the Gregg County District Attorney's Office, and the Kilgore Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Moore.


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