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|WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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PORT ARTHUR CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
BEAUMONT, Texas - U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 34-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
EDGAR CONRAD BLOUNT, III, pleaded guilty on Oct.19, 2009, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.
According to information presented in court, on July 16, 2008, Blount was arrested at his residence in Port Arthur following a citizen's complaint to local police regarding possible drug activity. At the time of Blount's arrest, police discovered prepackaged packets of marijuana consistent with street level distribution and two 9mm semi-automatic firearms and ammunition. Further investigation revealed Blount was a convicted felon having been previously convicted on felony criminal mischief in 2004 and possession of marijuana in 2005. As a convicted felon, Blount is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Blount was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2009.
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. In October 2009, the U.S. Attorney announced the roll-out of Operation Time Machine, a PSN program specifically targeting criminal activity and gun violence in Port Arthur, Texas.
This case was investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Peacock.
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