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Jan. 18, 2012

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Two Houston Men Plead Guilty in Drug Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Jimmie Prater and Alejandro Oliva, both 39 and from Houston, have pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine, respectively, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

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. The federal indictment charging the men was returned Aug. 31, 2011.

Today, Prater admitted he possessed with the intent to distribute cocaine, while Oliva pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, who accepted their guilty pleas today, has set sentencing for April 10, 2012, at 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Prater has been in custody where he will remain pending his sentencing hearing, at which time he faces from a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal prison. Oliva, who has been released on bond, faces 10 years and up to life in prison for his conviction. Prater and Oliva, respectively, also face a potential $5 and $10 million fine.

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