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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2007                                                                PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                             CELL: (409) 553-9881
                                                                                                    

BEAUMONT MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG VIOLATIONS

BEAUMONT TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 23-year-old Beaumont man has been sentenced to 175 months in federal prison for federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            TAURUS BENARD JACKSON was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine by United States District Judge Marcia Crone today.

According to information presented in court, on November 5, 2006, local law enforcement officers responded to a call for assistance regarding a suspicious person at the Castle Motel in Beaumont.  An officer observed what he recognized as a crack pipe and a rock of crack cocaine in plain view in a motel room.  Officers seized the crack pipe and crack cocaine and arrested Jackson.  A search of the room then revealed additional drug paraphernalia, at least two cookies of crack cocaine, and powder cocaine.  Jackson was also in possession of $4,250 in cash.  Jackson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine on January 30, 2007.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Beaumont Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Rawls.

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