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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010                                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                  DIRECT (409) 981-7902
                                                                                                                     CELL (409) 553-9881



            BEAUMONT, Texas – A 45-year-old Columbus, Georgia man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Thores Stinson 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. 14, 2010, Stinson was the passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding by Beaumont Police Officers.  During the stop, officers noticed that the driver was unusually nervous in response to questioning regarding their travel plans. They also observed an open box of fabric softener sheets in the back seat of the vehicle and knew this to be commonly used to mask the detection of narcotics.  Officers received consent to search the vehicle and discovered 494 grams of crack cocaine and 28 grams of powder cocaine in a plastic bag.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on Apr. 21, 2010, charging Stinson with federal drug trafficking crimes.

Stinson faces up to Life 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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