Karnack man sentenced for peddling cocaine

Released by U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas:

MARSHALL, TX - A 43-year-old Karnack, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Rodney Kirk Jenkins pleaded guilty on Nov. 10, 2010, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

According to information presented in court, from 2007 through April of 2010, Jenkins and other co-defendants are responsible for the distribution of 500 grams or more of crack cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas, and maintaining a place in Harrison County in order to produce large quantities of crack cocaine for distribution in the Eastern District of Texas. Jenkins was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 4, 2010.

This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division and the Panola County Sheriff's Department.

These departments were also assisted by the Nacogdoches County Constable's Office, the Harrison County District Attorney's Office and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.