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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     CONTACT:  Donna Krise
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2008                                ACTING PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                               PHONE: (936) 639-4003



(Beaumont, TX)  United States Attorney Becky Gregory announced today that a 26 year old Huffman, Texas man has been sentenced to sixty months for federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            LARRY BRUCE BEAN had pleaded guilty in February of this year to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute fifty grams or more, but less than 500 grams of a substance or mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.  Bean was sentenced today during an appearance before the Honorable Thad Heartfield.  In addition to his term of imprisonment, Bean  will also be required to complete a four year period of supervised release.

            According to information presented in Court, federal and law enforcement agencies began to investigate methamphetamine sales in 2005.  During the course of the investigation, Bean was identified as a conspirator in the sale of methamphetamine.  In January 2006, Bean, unwittingly traveling with an undercover police officer, drove to a residence in New Caney, Texas, for the purpose of purchasing methamphetamine.  When they arrived at the residence, Bean was observed walking to a truck, which was occupied by an individual named Thomas Blevins, parked on the property.  Bean returned to the vehicle where the undercover officer was waiting, and advised that there was methamphetamine at that location.  The undercover officer gave Bean $600.00 to purchase methamphetamine.  Bean entered the residence, and returned a short time later, hand delivering a substance to the undercover officer that was later determined by laboratory analysis to be 12.73 grams of methamphetamine. Blevins, who was charged in a separate indictment, has pleaded guilty to drug violations and is awaiting sentencing.

            This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Craft.

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