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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                 DIRECT (409) 981-7902
                                                                                                                    CELL (409) 553-9881


            BEAUMONT, Texas – A 23-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.

John Edward Gray, Jr., 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.  Gray and another individual, Roland Armstead, III, 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 Gray and Armstead with federal drug violations.

Gray faces up to 40 years in federal prison at sentencing.  Armstead, 28, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty to the same charges on July 21, 2010 and is awaiting sentencing.  Sentencing dates have 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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