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Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking

FEB 04 (PENSACOLA, Fla.) – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced that Gerard Germaine Jackson, (34 of Houston, TX), entered a guilty plea this morning in United States District Court to conspiring to supply up to fifty kilograms of cocaine for distribution in the Pensacola area. Jackson also admitted to supplying more than 500 grams of cocaine to Pensacola distributors on April 21, 2010, which was charged in a second count.

At his sentencing by Chief U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers, Jackson will face a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years up to a potential maximum of life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines, up to ten years of supervised release, and a $200 special monetary assessment. As part his guilty plea, Jackson agreed to the forfeiture of his interest in eighteen real properties located in Houston, Texas, a 2009 BMW, and the entry of a monetary judgment against him of $500,000.

The conviction comes as a result of a two year federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation that has, to date, resulted in 20 federal narcotics convictions, the seizure of multiple kilograms of cocaine, and the seizure and forfeiture of drug related assets that include real and personal property, currency, and the entry of money judgments against profits derived from drug transactions conducted in this district and elsewhere.

The case was investigated by the DEA Pensacola Resident Office, with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the Pensacola Police Department, Narcotics Section.

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