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Nacogdoches man gets 63 months for cocaine trafficking

From the US Attorney's Office

BEAUMONT, Texas - 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.

Donald "Black" Dixon, of Houston: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute in September. Faces minimum sentence of 10 years.

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. Twenty-year prison sentence.

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

Jose Angel Bustillos, of Houston: pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute.

Michael John Pereira, of Sugar Land: pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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. Scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 16.

Tremaine Smith, of Houston: pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute. Sentenced to 63 months in prison.

Anthony Fowler, of Nacogdoches: pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute in August. Sentenced to 87 months in prison.

Elmore Thacker, of Alto: pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Faces five-year prison sentence.

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