Tyler man pleads guilty to cocaine distribution in ETX

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:07pm

A 40-year-old Tyler man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Tuesday.

Christopher Florence pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine before Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to court information, officers executed a search warrant at a residence on County road 141 in Overton, during which Florence was seen trying to discard a semi-automatic pistol, $1,757 in cash and about 6.16 grams of cocaine in the yard of the residence. Florence admitted to owning the cocaine with intent to distribute it to others in the area.

Florence was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 15, 2011.

Florence faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set. A co-defendant, Don Paul Haynes, was sentenced to time served on Mar. 21, 2012. Another co-defendant, Francie Irene Jernigan-Haynes, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Apr. 13, 2012.

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