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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2012

Port Arthur Felon Sentenced for Federal Gun and Drug Violations

BEAUMONT, Texas - A 22-year-old Port Arthur, Texas, man has been sentenced to federal prison for firearms and drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Euris Tremayne Chapman pleaded guilty on Oct. 24, 2011, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, on June 9, 2011, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Chapman’s Port Arthur residence where they discovered over 400 grams of powder cocaine, nearly 29 grams of crack cocaine, a revolver, $5,570 in cash, and assorted drug trafficking paraphernalia.  Further investigation revealed Chapman to be a convicted felon, having been previously found guilty of the felony offenses of possession of marijuana in 2002 and two convictions for possession of a controlled substance in 2009.  These convictions were all from Jefferson County, Texas.  As a convicted felon, Chapman is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.  Chapman was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 3, 2011, and charged with federal violations.
This case was 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 was investigated by the ATF and the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

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