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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beaumont Federal Inmate Sentenced for Drug Transaction during Visitation

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 28-year-old federal inmate has been sentenced for receiving contraband in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Sultan Adnan Al-Bizri, of Lubbock, Texas, pleaded guilty on Mar. 11, 2015, to attempting to obtain a prohibited object by a federal inmate and was sentenced to 55 months in federal prison on June 23, 2015 by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, in August 2012, while monitoring inmate telephone calls and emails at the U.S. Penitentiary in the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont, officials discovered Al-Bizri and others arranging for the delivery of heroin into the prison during visitation.  On Aug. 6, 2012, federal agents intercepted an individual arriving at the prison visitation area with two balloons that contained heroin.  Al-Bizri was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 1, 2014.

Al-Bizri was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the Northern District of Texas in 2010 and sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.  He must serve his 55 month sentence from this conviction following the conclusion of his current prison sentence.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Prisons, Special Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.

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Updated June 24, 2015