Michigan sex offender indicted in Texarkana for five kilos of cocaine


A Michigan sex offender is facing federal drug charges in Texarkana for allegedly possessing more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Rhasheem Jamal Gordon, 40, was arrested Feb. 27 during a traffic stop in Bowie County after police allegedly discovered he was in possession of more than five kilos of cocaine. Gordon was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas for possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.

Gordon is required to register as a sex offender because of convictions in 1995 and 2002 for criminal sexual conduct, attempted, with a person 13 to 15, according to the Michigan State Police sex offender registry. Gordon, who is from Detroit, is being held in the Titus County, Texas, jail while his case proceeds in Texarkana.

Gordon is scheduled for arraignment March 30 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in Texarkana. If convicted, Gordon faces 10 years to life in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. If Gordon has a prior conviction for a felony drug crime, the minimum punishment increases to 20 years and the maximum fine possible increases to $20 million. Two prior felony drug crime convictions make the offense punishable by a mandatory life sentence and a fine up to $20 million.

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