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BEAUMONT (KYTX) – A 26-year-old 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. 
 
Rodney Stevenson pleaded guilty on Aug. 29, 2012, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.
 
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. 

Stevenson's role in the organization was to assist Cedrick Fowler in acquisition of cocaine and the distribution of cocaine base.  Stevenson traveled with Cedrick Fowler on one or more occasions to purchase cocaine from Donald Dixon.  On May 25, 2012, investigators executed an arrest warrant at Stevenson's apartment and detained him after he attempted to flee. They found C. Fowler in a second bedroom of the apartment and Stevenson's girlfriend in his bedroom. Underneath a pillow on Stevenson's bed, agents recovered a FEG, 9mm, Model P9R, semiautomatic pistol. They also found 4 pounds of marijuana in the bedroom closet and a small amount of cocaine in a kitchen cabinet. Stevenson was responsible for distributing over 5 kilograms of cocaine.
       
         On June 20, 2012, a federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging 10 defendants, including Stevenson, 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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