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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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PORT ARTHUR MAN SENTENCED FOR FIREARMS VIOLATION
Project Safe Neighborhoods sends Convicted Felon to Federal Prison

            BEAUMONT, Texas - A 32-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Alfred James Bartley pleaded guilty on Sep. 2, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

            According to information presented in court, on June 13, 2009, Bartley was stopped by a law enforcement officer for failing to stop for the stop sign at the corner of 6th Street and Houston Avenue in Port Arthur.  The officer obtained consent to search the vehicle and discovered an "after-marker" hidden compartment located within the Pontiac Grand Prix's glove box.  The hidden compartment contained a fully-loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a round in the chamber.  Further investigation revealed that Bartley has prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance in Jefferson County in 2005 and is thereby prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Bartley was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 17, 2009 and charged with federal firearms violations.

            This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws.

            This case was investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.

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