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


THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902



            BEAUMONT, Texas – A 27-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has pleaded guilty to firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Jason Michael Brown 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, on Nov. 18, 2009, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and federal ATF agents conducted a "knock and talk" at Brown's apartment on Alpine Circle in Beaumont.  Officers immediately observed marijuana burning.  Consent was given to search the apartment during which time a loaded semi-automatic handgun and additional drug paraphernalia were discovered.  Further investigation revealed Brown was a convicted felon and prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Brown was convicted in 2003 of credit card abuse in Tarrant County, Texas.  A federal grand jury indicted Brown on Nov. 18, 2009 and charged him with federal firearms violations.

            This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas.  Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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

            This case is being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.


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