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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2009                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced that a 31-year-old Garrison man has pleaded guilty today to federal drug charges in the Eastern District of Texas.

            RODRICK LAMON HARTSFIELD pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine today before United States Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie.   

            According to information presented in court, on Dec. 14, 2007, a federal search warrant was executed at a Rusk County residence during which, crack cocaine was discovered and seized by law enforcement officers.  Hartsfield and co-defendant, DECODY RASHOD KING, 23, also of Garrison, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 7, 2008 and charged with distribution of crack cocaine. 

            King pleaded guilty to distribution of crack cocaine on Jan. 15, 2009, and faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.  Hartsfield faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million.  Sentencing dates have not been set at this time.
            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Rusk County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.


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