DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

OPERATION TIME MACHINE NETS ARRESTS IN PORT ARTHUR

 

           BEAUMONT, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the arrest of two individuals for federal firearms violations as part of the in the Eastern District of Texas.

            Omar Damond Daw, 31, of Port Arthur, was arrested on Oct. 7, 2009, by members of the Port Arthur police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Daw was indicted on Oct. 7, 2009, and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. 

            According to prosecutors, Daw has prior felony convictions for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Jefferson County, Texas, on April 13, 1998; Possession of a Controlled Substance in Jefferson County, Texas, on August 30, 2002; Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Jefferson County, Texas, on August 30, 2002; and Possession of a Controlled Substance in  Jefferson County, Texas, on March 15, 2007.  As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  If convicted, Daw faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

            In a separate case, Juan Jose Ventura, 26, of Port Arthur, was arrested by members of the Port Arthur Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Ventura was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 7, 2009, and charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and prohibited person in possession of ammunition.

            According to prosecutors, Ventura has been convicted of a misdemeanor Assault - Family Violence violation in Jefferson County, Texas, on April 18, 2007.  Under federal law, a person previously convicted of a family assault may not possess a firearm. If convicted, Ventura faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

            Operation Time Machine is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.  PSN is an initiative to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gang crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. The program focuses on hiring new federal and state prosecutors, supporting investigators, providing training, distributing gun lock safety kits, deterring juvenile gun crime, and promoting community outreach efforts as well as supporting other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.  The enhanced use of crime analysis and tactical intelligence supports the program's core strategies of targeted enforcement and deterrence.  Additional program information is available at www.psn.gov.  These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Ross and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

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