News Release
Date: August 19, 2010

Robert Yorkman Sentenced to 18 Years Imprisonment for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine in Midland

AUG 19 -- United States Attorney John E. Murphy and Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit of the Drug Enforcement Administration--El Paso Field Division announced that 28-year-old Robert Martin Yorkman was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The Court previously ordered that Yorkman pay a monetary judgement in the amount of $350,000 representing the proceeds of his organization’s drug distribution efforts. Pleading guilty to the charge in May, Yorkman admitted that since 2006 he had conspired with others to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine in Midland.

In commending DEA and the Midland Police Department, United States Attorney John E. Murphy stated, “Removing Robert Yorkman from the streets of Midland to federal prison for 18 years is a significant achievement for federal and local law enforcement in the Midland area. The sentence imposed in this case demonstrates that there is a high price to be paid for dealing drugs.”

“This lengthy sentence should put those who engage in this type of illegal activity on notice,” stated DEA El Paso Field Division Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit.

Yorkman has remained in federal custody since his arrest on October 28, 2009, the day after he was released from the hospital for a gunshot wound received at his Midland business the week before.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Midland Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Parras and Kerry Fleck.

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