DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas


MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            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.

            Kenneth Radonna Swallow pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Earl Hines.

            According to information presented in court, Swallow was arrested by Port Arthur Police Officers following the execution of an evidentiary search warrant at his residence on Oct. 29, 2009.  At the residence, officers located a handgun which was reported to have been used by Swallow in an assault earlier that day.  Further investigation revealed Swallow is a convicted felon having been convicted of evading arrest and delivery of a controlled substance in Jefferson County in 2008.  As a convicted felon, he is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Swallow was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 4, 2009 and charged with firearms violations.

            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.

            Swallow faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.


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