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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                    DIRECT: (409) 981-7902
                                                                                                                   CELL: (409) 553-9881

Jammed Gun results in Guilty Plea


BEAUMONT, Texas – A 19-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Rondell Ramon Malveaux pleaded guilty to federal charges of receiving a firearm while under indictment today before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on May 31, 2010, law enforcement officers responded to a call regarding a man with a gun in the 4100 block of Lewis Drive in Port Arthur.  Upon arrival, law enforcement officers located Malveaux, who matched the description of the individual given to dispatch.  Malveaux attempted to flee resulting in a chase and his arrest.  Upon arrest, it was discovered that Malveaux was in possession of a jammed pistol which had been loaded with an incorrect caliber of ammunition.  Further investigation revealed that at the time of this arrest, Malveaux was under indictment for possession of a controlled substance in the 252nd District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.  Malveaux was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 16, 2010 and charged with federal firearms violations.

Malveaux faces up to five years in federal prison when sentenced.  A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods' Operation Time Machine program. Operation Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Port Arthur, Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

This case is being investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department the ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.


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