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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2011

LIBERTY COUNTY JAILER GUILTY OF SMUGGLING DRUGS

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 25-year-old Daisetta, Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

James Allen Roach pleaded guilty to attempting to provide a federal inmate with a prohibited object today before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

According to information presented in court, on Feb. 24, 2011, Roach, a correctional officer for the Liberty County Community Education Center (CEC), was arrested for arranging to deliver marijuana and tobacco into the Liberty County CEC to a federal inmate in exchange for money.  Roach was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 2, 2011 and charged with federal violations.

Roach faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

              This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

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