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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 06, 2011

Anderson County Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

TYLER, Texas – A 37-year-old Palestine, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Derrick Deon Hicks pleaded guilty on June 27, 2011, to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.  Hicks was also ordered to submit to forfeiture of firearms, a car, and a $50,000.00 judgment.

                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.

                This case was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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