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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 05, 2012

HARRISON COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES

                TYLER, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a Harrison County resident has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
                CEDRIC EARL OLIVER, age 42, of Karnack, Texas, admitted to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and cocaine during a hearing before United States Judge Rodney Gilstrap this morning in Marshall, Texas.

                According to information presented in court, Oliver was responsible for the distribution of approximately 350 grams of crack cocaine and 170 grams of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas on about May 1, 2009.   A five-count Second Superseding Indictment was returned on November 2, 2011, charging Oliver with federal drug and firearms violations. 

                 Oliver faces a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, and a fine up to $10,000,000.  A sentencing date has not been set.

                 This case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Panola County Sheriff's Department.  These departments were assisted by the Nacogdoches County Constable’s Office, the Harrison County District Attorney’s Office and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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