DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

STAFFORD, TEXAS MAN SENTENCED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Using Cell Phone to sell Cocaine gets Man 4 years in Federal Prison

            MARSHALL, Texas – A 45-year-old Stafford, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Gary Andrea Bates pleaded guilty on Feb. 11, 2010 to using a communication device while committing a felony and was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

            According to information presented in court, on June 10, 2008, Bates used his cellular telephone to assist in arranging the sale of two kilograms of cocaine for $19,000 to an associate in Camp County, Texas.  Bates was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 8, 2009 and charged with federal drug trafficking crimes.

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

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