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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2009                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 24-year-old Henderson man has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in the Eastern District of Texas.  

            DEREK HORTON pleaded guilty today to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute at least 2 kilograms of cocaine.  The plea hearing was held before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.    

            According to information presented in court, since August 2007, Horton had been conspiring to distribute cocaine to others in the Eastern District of Texas.  Horton was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 4, 2009 and charged with federal drug crimes.

            Horton faces up to 40 years in federal prison and a $2 million fine at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Henderson Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.


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