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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2011

Illegal Alien Guilty of Gun and Drug Crimes in Beaumont

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 35-year-old illegal alien has pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Miguel Texco-Dorantes pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime and possession with intent to distribute cocaine today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

According to information presented in court, from September 2010 to March 2011, Texco-Dorantes met with and sold guns and drugs to an undercover police officer in Beaumont, Texas.  Texco-Dorantes was indicted by a federal grand jury on Apr. 20, 2011, and charged with federal violations.

Texco-Dorantes faces a minimum of 5 years, and up to 20 years, in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
This case is being investigated by ATF, ICE/HSI and the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonetta Stancu.

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