Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 16, 2013

Man convicted for 2011 narcotics offense

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK —  A jury took 30 minutes Wednesday to convict a Jacksonville man who was believed to be selling narcotics to local drug dealers in 2011.

Fredrick Horn, 48, was arrested a few years back in what Jacksonville authorities described as one of the largest drug seizures in recent memory. Jacksonville police seized $20,000 worth of narcotics, a .38 revolver, $10,000 in cash, and three vehicles during the August 2011 raid.

Subsequently, Horn was convicted Wednesday of first degree felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and third degree felony possession of marijuana (over five pounds).

“What was pointed out during the trial is that this was an usual large amount, indicating the defendant was not just selling cocaine and crack to individuals but to other dealers as well,” explained Charles J. Breaux Jr., Cherokee County assistant district attorney.

Defense attorney Roscoe Daryll Bennett of Longview did not immediately return a telephone call for comment on the verdict Wednesday.

A first degree felony is punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison, and a third degree is punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

Horn had yet to be sentenced Wednesday. He has opted to have a judge decide his punishment during an upcoming hearing. That judge, in the meantime, has scheduled a pre-sentencing investigation for Horn.

The trial took one full day Tuesday. Closing arguments were Wednesday morning,   

During the raid that led to his arrest, authorities obtained a search warrant for a car and detail shop in the 500 block of North Jackson, which Horn owned.

Horn was already suspected of being one of the larger narcotics dealers in town — and selling primarily to other narcotics dealers.

Officers found pre-packaged bags of marijuana, cocaine powder, and crack “cookies,” in a Crown Victoria and Lincoln.

The warrants followed three to four week investigation led by Detective James Oden who had been tipped off that Horn was distributing drugs at his place of business.  

Crack “cookies,” are made by mixing straight cocaine powder with baking powder or other powder substances and adding water to create a paste.  The paste is then poured into a round bottle where it hardens and takes on a “cookie” shape.

The assistant district attorney credited this conviction on stellar police work by the Jacksonville authorities.

“I have been trying cases since the early 1990s — this is my first trial with the Jacksonville police — and I thought they did a really good job,” Breaux said. “Their lead investigator, James Oden was really good with the investigation and in testifying about it.”