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Nacogdoches man sentenced for drug trafficking in East Texas

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BEAUMONT (KYTX) – A Nacogdoches man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.  The sentencing hearing was held before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

Tremaine Smith, 27, of Nacogdoches, Texas, pleaded guilty on Sep. 5, 2012, to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison today.
 
According to information presented in court, from 2008 to June 20, 2012, Donald Dixon, a.k.a. "Black", Cedrick Fowler, a.k.a. "C" and "C-Murder", Kerry Wayne Griffin, a.k.a. "Big Boy", Omar Paunetto, Jose Angel Bustillos, Michael John Pereira, Rodney Stevenson, a.k.a. "Arod", Darius Thorn, a.k.a. "Bs" and "Beez", Tremaine Smith and Anthony Fowler conspired to traffic cocaine and crack cocaine throughout East Texas. 
 
Smith's role in the conspiracy was to acquire powder cocaine from C. Fowler and then convert it into a "crack" cocaine base.  Smith would then redistribute the crack cocaine to others in East Texas.
 
On June 20, 2012, a federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging 10 defendants, including Smith, with drug trafficking violations. 
 
This case is the result of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) joint investigation.  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation's illegal drug supply. 
 
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Nacogdoches Police Department, and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.
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