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BEAUMONT RESIDENTS SENTENCED FOR DRUG VIOLATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2011

 

                BEAUMONT, Texas – Three Beaumont residents have been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Sammy Lee Ware, Jr., 35, pleaded guilty on July 21, 2010, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

Retika Renee Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty on July 21, 2010, to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison on Feb. 16, 2011 by Judge Crone.

Elizabeth Ann Chambers, 41, was found guilty by a jury on July 28, 2010, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; and possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Feb. 15, 2011 by Judge Crone.

                According to information presented in court, in March 2010, law enforcement officers observed the defendants making numerous drug transactions throughout Beaumont.  On Mar. 15, 2010, Johnson was stopped on Fannett Road in Beaumont by law enforcement officers for a traffic violation.  Chambers was a passenger in the vehicle.  A K-9 unit searching around the vehicle responded to the odor of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately four kilograms of cocaine, a small baggie containing three rocks of crack cocaine and $5,000 in cash.  While the vehicle was being search, Ware was seen observing the search and then leaving at a high rate of speed.  Law enforcement officers stopped his vehicle and detained him.  A subsequent search of his residence revealed additional amounts of illegal drugs and U.S. Currency.  A federal indictment was returned on Mar. 17, 2010, charging the defendants with drug trafficking violations.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.

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