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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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            BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 30-year-old Natchitoches, LA man was sentenced to federal prison for racketeering in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            TERMAINE RIKO HARDISON was convicted on Dec. 15, 2008, of engaging in Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. 

            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 18, 2008, Hardison was pulled over for a traffic violation in Orange County, Texas.  During the traffic stop, law enforcement officers detected a strong marijuana smell and noticed Hardison was unusually nervous.  Hardison admitted to officers that he had been smoking marijuana and had placed the still-lit marijuana cigarette in the truck's ashtray.  A search of the vehicle revealed a green nylon bag containing several large bundles of currency amounting to $142,650.  The bag also held .76 ounce of marijuana.  Hardison revealed that he planned to take the money to Houston to purchase more marijuana for distribution in Louisiana.  Hardison was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 22, 2008.

            This case was investigated by the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.


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