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2 plead guilty in Nacogdoches Co. coke ring

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Two Houston men have pleaded guilty to their part in an 11-member cocaine trafficking ring out of Nacogdoches County.

Omar Paunetto pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and Tremaine Smith pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute.

The indictment alleges that 11 men distributed crack cocaine around Nacogdoches County, picking it up from Houston.

The indictment alleges they distributed it out of a home on the 2200 block of Beverly Street and it charges three of the defendants used firearms to conduct their business.

Seven of the defendants were arrested in May following a two-year long investigation.

Below are the defendants and the status on their cases:

Donald Dixon, of Houston: pre-trial conference scheduled for Sept. 10.

Cedrick "C" Fowler, of Nacogdoches: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute in August. Faces minimum sentence of 10 years.

Kerry Wayne "Big Boy" Griffin, of Alto: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute in August. Faces minimum sentence of 10 years.

Omar Paunetto, of Houston: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute. Faces minimum sentence of 10 years.

Jose Angel Bustillos, of Houston: pre-trial conference scheduled for Sept. 10.

Michael John Pereira, of Sugar Land: pre-trial conference scheduled for Oct. 10.

Rodney "Arod" Stevenson, of Nacogdoches: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute in August. Faces minimum sentence of 10 years.

Darius "Bs" Thorn, of Nacogdoches: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute in August. Faces minimum sentence of 10 years.

Tremaine Smith, of Houston: pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute.

Anthony Fowler, of Nacogdoches: pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute in August.

Elmore Thacker, of Alto: motion to continue denied. Pre-trial conference scheduled for Sept. 10.

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