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PITTSBURG, TX MAN SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL DRUG AND GUN CRIMES
MARSHALL, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 31-year-old Pittsburg, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug and gun violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
DAMIEN DONTE PORTER pleaded guilty on Jan. 14, 2009, and was sentenced on Jan. 26, 2010 to 132 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and 64 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Porter's sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward, who also ordered the sentences run concurrently.
According to information presented in court, through March 28, 2008, Porter conspired with others to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in the Camp County, Texas area. Further investigation revealed that Porter had previously been convicted in federal court in 2001 for distribution of cocaine. As a convicted felon, Porter is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Porter acknowledged that on Jan. 24, 2008, he was in possession of a firearm. Porter was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2008 and charged with federal drug and gun crimes.
This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.
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