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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2012

Houston Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking in Eastern District of Texas

TYLER, Texas – A 22-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.

Oscar Ivan Nino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

                According to information presented in court, on Mar. 9, 2011, Nino travelled from Houston to Tyler, Texas with 2 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in the area.  Nino and his co-conspirators distributed more than 15 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas.  Nino was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011.

Nino faces at least 10 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

                This case is being investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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