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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012

DEKALB MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SIMPLE POSSESSION

            TEXARKANA, TX – United States Attorney John M. Bales announced today that Ezekiel Tyree Welch, a 20 year old Dekalb, Texas man, pleaded guilty to simple possession of a controlled substance during a hearing before United States Magistrate Caroline M. Craven.

            According to information presented in court, on or about August 19, 2011, Welch tried to enter the Red River Army Depot in Bowie County, Texas by presenting a temporary pass. The officer at the gate of the facility smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from Welch’s person. The officer asked permission to conduct a pat-down search of Welch. Welch admitted that he had marijuana in his right front pocket. The marijuana, a Schedule 1 controlled substance, was tested and was found to weigh 4.17.

            Welch faces a prison term not to exceed 1 year, a fine not to exceed $100,000 or both. A sentencing date has not been scheduled at this time. This case is being investigated by the Department of Public Safety and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.

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