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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 02, 2011

TEXARKANA, TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG AND COUNTERFEITING CRIMES

TEXARKANA, Texas – A 30-year-old Texarkana, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and counterfeiting violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Clarence Lee Williams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and dealing in counterfeit obligations and securities today before U.S. District Judge David Folsom.

                According to information presented in court, on Aug. 15, 2008, a search warrant was executed on Williams' Texarkana home revealing approximately 252 grams of cocaine and several bundles of marijuana.  Further investigation revealed Williams was part of a conspiracy to smuggle 5 kilograms of cocaine and 1000 kilograms of marijuana between Dallas, Texarkana, Arkansas, Michigan and Tennessee.  On May 2, 2009, Williams was stopped for a traffic violation and a search of his vehicle revealed a bag of $37,520 in counterfeit money.  Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 7, 2009 for the counterfeiting violations and again on Feb. 2, 2010 for the drug charges.

Williams faces up to 20 years on the counterfeiting violation and up to life in federal prison for the drug trafficking violations.

                This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

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