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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010                                          PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER                                                                    PHONE: (409) 839-2538
                                                                                                                       CELL: (409) 553-9881


BEAUMONT, Texas - A 27-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Lionell Aqundus Dawson pleaded guilty on Apr. 13, 2010 to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced today to a total of 88 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on July 15, 2009, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant in the 800 block of 10th Street in Port Arthur during which Dawson was present.  Crack cocaine and drug trafficking paraphernalia were located during the search as was a .45 caliber pistol.  Dawson admitted to owning the handgun and was indicted on Sep. 16, 2009 and charged with federal crimes.
This case was 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 was investigated by the ATF and the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.


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