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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008                                                 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MULTIPLE DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

            BEAUMONT, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments today charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
 
CARROLL DEWAYNE LOUIS, 21 of Port Arthur, has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, on October 28, 2007, Louis is alleged to have possessed a firearm.  Louis was previously convicted of burglary of a habitation in Jefferson County on August 22, 2005.  As a convicted felon, Louis is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, Louis faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.  The government is also seeking criminal forfeiture of the firearm.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David H. Henderson.

ROBERT DANIEL HARLAN, 30 of Lumberton, has been indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to the indictment, on August 25, 2007, Harlan is alleged to have possessed a firearm.  Harlan was previously convicted of arson in Newton County on May 19, 2000.  As a convicted felon, Harlan is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, Harlan faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.  

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David H. Henderson.

EWORTH ROBERTS aka PAUL NUNEZ, 34, a native of Belize, has been indicted for falsely representing himself as a citizen of the United States and conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  If convicted, Nunez faces up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  The government is also seeking criminal forfeiture of $22,873.00 in currency.

This case is being investigated by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Orange Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David H. Henderson.

CHEMEKA DAIGLE, 28, and DAVID JOHNSON, 46, both of Beaumont, have been indicted for possession with intent to distribution crack cocaine.  If convicted, they face up to life in federal prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David H. Henderson.


            It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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