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Houston Man Heads to Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy

Aug. 16, 2012

HOUSTON – Jimmie Prater, 40, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Prater pleaded guilty in January of this year. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, who accepted his previous guilty plea, handed Prater a 70-month sentence to be followed by four years of supervised release. Co-defendant Alejandro Oliva, 40, also from Houston, pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced previously to a total of 72 months in federal prison to be followed by a five-year-term of supervised release.

The men were arrested at Prater’s warehouse located at 5930 North Sam Houston Parkway in Houston on Aug. 9, 2011, after arranging to sell two kilograms of cocaine to a cooperating source. After witnessing Oliva arrive to deliver the drugs to the warehouse, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) entered and secured the warehouse. Agents executed a search warrant which resulted in the discovery of two kilograms of cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol. A narcotics detection dog brought to the scene to assist in the search also alerted positively to the vehicle driven to the scene by Oliva and a search of that vehicle resulted in the seizure of one kilogram of methamphetamine.

Prater has been in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

This case was investigated by the DEA and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rick Hanes. 



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