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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012

Three Sentenced for Jefferson County Marijuana Trafficking

BEAUMONT, Texas – Three people were sentenced today for their roles in a drug trafficking scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.  The sentencing hearings were held today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

Antonio Luvianos, 29, of Mission, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 112 months in federal prison.

Laqwentis Lakeith Adams, 30, of Lufkin, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2011, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 140 months and 80 months in federal prison.  These sentences will run concurrent.

Eboni Monique Pierre, 31, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty on Aug. 22, 2011, to misprision of felony and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today by Judge Crone.

                According to information presented in court, on Mar. 4, 2011, Luvianos was arrested transporting 110 pounds of marijuana from Houston to Beaumont with Adams and Pierre, who were travelling in another vehicle in tandem with Luvianos.  Adams and Pierre were followed and found to be in possession of another 45 pounds of marijuana, a large amount of Ecstasy tablets, a large amount of codeine, a pistol and approximately $105,000 in U.S. currency.  Further investigation revealed the three had been working with others to distribute more than 1600 kilograms of marijuana in the Beaumont area from Sept. 1, 2010 to Mar. 4, 2011. 

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

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