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ANDERSON COUNTY MAN GUILTY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING VIOLATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 07, 2011

TYLER, Texas – A 41-year-old Palestine, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Derrick Leon Barrett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

                According to information presented in court, up until April 2010, Barrett conspired with others to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine throughout the East Texas area.  Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 5, 2011 and charged with federal drug trafficking violations.

Barrett faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and up to Life at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

                This case is being investigated by the ATF, the DEA, the Palestine Police Department, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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