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OPERATION TIME MACHINE NABS ANOTHER PORT ARTHUR TEEN
19-year-old Guilty of Federal Firearms Violation
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.
Jaquail D'ron Miller pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime today before U.S. District Ron Clark.
According to information presented in court, on July 15, 2009, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Miller's residence in the 800 block of 10th Street in Port Arthur. Upon entering the apartment, officers detained Lionell Aqundus Dawson, Glen Elizie Duncan III, and Miller. During the search officers discovered a handgun in plain view on the floor, loaded with nine rounds of ammunition, as well as a .45 caliber Hi-Point handgun lying on the bed of the bedroom, which was also loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. Officers also observed 19.70 grams of crack cocaine in plain view in the apartment den, kitchen, and bedroom, as well as several items which indicated crack cocaine was being manufactured within the residence. Miller voluntarily agreed to speak with officers and admitted to owning the handgun located on the floor of the apartment.
Miller, Dawson and Duncan were all indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 16, 2009. Duncan was convicted on Dec. 29, 2009 of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on May 17, 2010. Dawson was convicted on Apr. 13, 2010 of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He is currently awaiting sentencing. Miller faces up to five years in federal prison. 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 and the ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.
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