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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2011

ANDERSON COUNTY MAN GUILTY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING VIOLATIONS

TYLER, Texas – A 37-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 Deon Hicks pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love.

                According to information presented in court, up until August 2010, Hicks conspired with others to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine throughout the East Texas area.  Hicks was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 2, 2011 and charged with federal drug trafficking violations.

Hicks faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison and forfeiture of $50,000.00 and firearms at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

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

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