MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas — A Texas man has been indicted on federal narcotics distribution charges after a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 30 yielded 14 kilograms of cocaine, federal prosecutors announced.

On February 21, 2020, 45-year-old Cedric Ellis was driving eastbound on Interstate 30 in Titus County, Texas, when a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper initiated a traffic stop because he was following too closely to another vehicle. Titus County is located between the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Texarkana.

"After the trooper’s interactions with Ellis and his passengers —an adult female and a minor— raised his suspicion, the trooper deployed his canine partner, who alerted to the presence of a controlled substance," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas.

Inside the vehicle, troopers discovered 14 kilogram-sized bundles of cocaine. Ellis, according to prosecutors, took responsibility for the cocaine and was arrested.

Ellis was named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on March 18, 2020, on one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He appeared in court yesterday and will be held in custody until the resolution of the case, according to prosecutors.

If convicted, Ellis faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine up to $10 million, and a forfeiture of $420,000.

This case is being investigated by the Tyler Resident Office of the Dallas Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions in Mt. Pleasant. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan R. Hornok.