March 13, 2018
Contact: Sammy Parks
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New York Man Guilty Of Drug Trafficking Violations In Eastern District Of Texas
BEAUMONT, Texas - A 41-year-old Buffalo, New York, man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Roosevelt Appleton, Sr., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.
According to information presented in court, beginning in 2015, following his release from state prison in New York, Appleton began conspiring with others to traffic drugs through the Eastern District of Texas to the Houston area. Appleton employed various means to facilitate the scheme including the use of the U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express and specially outfitted vehicles that contained hidden compartments. On June 15, 2016, a vehicle driven by Appleton’s couriers was stopped for a traffic violation in Jefferson County, Texas. A search of the vehicle revealed six bundles of cocaine hidden in a secret compartment in the vehicle. Appleton admitted to being responsible for the distribution of between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine as part of this conspiracy. Appleton was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 18, 2017.
Under federal statutes, Appleton faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The minimum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Beaumont Police Department and the Houston Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall L. Fluke and John Craft.