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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2011

Beaumont Man Sentenced in Federal Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

BEAUMONT, Texas – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a Beaumont man was among four sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark to federal prison this week for their roles in a major drug trafficking conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

Joshua Lynn Bland, 23, of Beaumont, Texas pleaded guilty on Jan. 12, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on Aug. 29, 2011. 

Christopher Shannon Miguez, 32, of Katy, Texas pleaded guilty on Jan. 12, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 152 months in federal prison on Aug. 29, 2011. 

Brandon Wayne Russell, 29, of Tomball, Texas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, 2011 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on Aug. 29, 2011.

Jose Carmen Duarte-Bautista, 50, of Houston, pleaded guilty on Jan. 29, 2011 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison on Aug. 30, 2011.

According to information presented in court, in August 2008, an investigation began into a Houston-based drug trafficking organization that was distributing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine throughout Houston and the Beaumont, Texas area.  In June 2009, agents began utilizing court-ordered telephone intercepts in an effort to determine those involved in the conspiracy, the amount of drugs being distributed and the source of the drugs.  Law enforcement officers and agents also participated in undercover purchases of methamphetamine and revealed at least 40 persons were involved in the conspiracy and that no less that 113 pounds of methamphetamine and 31 kilograms of cocaine were distributed.  At least 20 kilograms of cocaine was seized through undercover buys and during the execution of search warrants and arrests.  A federal grand jury returned an indictment on June 3, 2010, charging 35 defendants with various drug trafficking charges.  An additional five defendants were named in a superseding indictment on Nov. 3, 2010.  All defendants have since been convicted. 

                This case is being investigated by the DEA, ICE, ATF, Texas Department of Public Safety, Orange County Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, the Beaumont Police Department, U.S. Marshal's Service, Brazoria County Sheriff's Office, Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Galveston Police Department, Houston Police Department and the Texas Rangers.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Englade.


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