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Northern District of Texas

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dallas Man Sentenced to 230 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Cocaine Conspiracy

DALLAS — A Dallas man who admitted to his role in a cocaine conspiracy was sentenced yesterday to a lengthy federal prison sentence, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.


Corey Nelson, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 230 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in September 2016 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance. Nelson has been in custody since mid-July 2015 following a law enforcement operation, led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Dallas Police Department and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, in which numerous defendants were arrested on drug distribution conspiracy and related charges outlined in a federal superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Dallas in June 2015.


According to documents filed in the case, from January 1, 2012 through June 23, 2015, Nelson engaged in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine. Nelson purchased multiple kilograms of cocaine and would resell the cocaine he purchased to other individuals involved in the conspiracy.


At yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Judge Boyle held Nelson responsible for 120 kilograms of cocaine.


At the time of Nelson’s arrest a firearm and $12,963 in United States Currency were seized.


The FBI, Dallas Police Department and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation led the investigation with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety; the DFW Department of Public Safety; the U.S. Department of State; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Transportation Security Administration; the U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations; and the Fort Worth, McKinney, Mesquite, and Plano Police Departments.


Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal prosecuted.

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Updated July 14, 2017