United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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BEAUMONT MAN GUILTY OF FEDERAL DRUG CRIMES
BEAUMONT, Texas – A 28-year-old Beaumont man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Roland Armstead, III, pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 21, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant in the 2400 block of Monroe in Beaumont. Armstead and another individual, John Gray, Jr., were present at the residence during the search. Police found crack cocaine in plain view on the kitchen counter-top and on top of the refrigerator. In all, officers discovered approximately 35 grams of crack cocaine, 1 ounce of PCP, less than a gram of powder cocaine and less than two ounces of marijuana, as well as digital kitchen scales and other paraphernalia used in the manufacture of crack cocaine. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on May 19, 2010, charging Armstead with federal drug violations.
Armstead faces up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being investigated by the DEA and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.
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