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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

OPERATION TIME MACHINE TRANSPORTS PORT ARTHUR MAN TO PRISON

            BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 28-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. 

            LUIS ALBERTO LARA, 28, pleaded guilty on Jan. 28, 2010, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 27, 2009, local and federal agents executed a search warrant at Lara's Port Arthur residence which resulted in the discovery of a pistol and ammunition.  Lara admitted to possessing the firearm.  Further investigation revealed Lara was a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of possession of marijuana in 2005 in Guadalupe County, Texas.  As a convicted felon, Lara is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  A federal grand jury indicted Lara on Dec. 2, 2009, and charged him with federal firearms violations. 

            This case was investigated by the Port Arthur Police Department and the ATF as part of Operation Time Machine, a federal and local partnership to reduce gun and drug related violent crime in Port Arthur, Texas.  This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

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