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Houston Man Guilty in East Texas Drug Trafficking Scheme
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 52-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Estell Douglas Hobbs, Jr. pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zachary J. Hawthorn.
According to information presented in court, law enforcement authorities became aware of Hobbs' involvement in the illegal drug trade during a large-scale cocaine investigation in the Eastern District of Texas. Further investigation revealed Hobbs was receiving cocaine from sources in the Houston area and then shipping them through the Eastern District of Texas to locations in other states, including Jackson, MS. Hobbs was intercepted on multiple occasions discussing narcotics deliveries during a Mississippi wire tap investigation in 2007. He was also intercepted in 2009 DEA wire tap conversations with a narcotics distributor who was later slain in a drug-related killing in Houston. Authorities seized approximately 82 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas, as a direct result of this investigation. Hobbs was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 6, 2011.
Hobbs faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case was investigated by the DEA, IRS, Beaumont Police Department, FBI, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John A. Craft.