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Operation Time Machine sends another to pen

March 22, 2011

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 33-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for gun violations as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Stephen Luke Greene pleaded guilty on Oct. 8, 2010 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 102 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on May 22, 2010, Greene was stopped on Interstate-10 near Winnie for a traffic violation.  During the traffic stop, Greene removed a small bag containing a powdery substance from his front pocket and placed it in his mouth.  A struggle ensued between Greene and a Jefferson County Sheriff's Lieutenant.  The officer was able to retrieve the bag, which was later found to contain Hydrocodone.  The officer also recovered another bag which fell from Greene's pocket.  The second bag contained Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), or Ecstasy.  A search of Greene's vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded .45 caliber pistol in the driver's door under the plastic molding, along with a .357 caliber revolver, located in a case on the passenger front seat of the vehicle.  Further investigation revealed Greene was a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty in Jefferson County of delivery of a controlled substance and evading detention with a motor vehicle in 2007.  It is a federal violation for a convicted felon to own or possess firearms or ammunition.  Greene was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 5, 2010 and charged with federal firearms violations.
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 Port Arthur Police Department, the ATF and the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.



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