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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

RUSK COUNTY CRACK DEALER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 31-year-old Garrison man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.

            RODRICK LAMON HARTSFIELD pleaded guilty on Jan. 28, 2009, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis.   

            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.  He is awaiting sentencing.
  
            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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