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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009                                        PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced that two men have pleaded guilty to federal drug and gun crimes in the Eastern District of Texas today before United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

            STEVEN DUANE GLOVER, 24, of Longview, pleaded guilty to using and carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.  He faces up to 5 years in federal prison.

            RODRICK DEWAYNE TAYLOR, 36, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  He faces up to 20 years in federal prison.   

            According to information presented in court, since April 2007, the defendants had been involved in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine base, also known as 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, including Glover and Taylor, with federal crimes.  Sentencing dates have not been set at this time.
            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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