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

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Houston Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking in East Texas


              BEAUMONT, Texas – A 35-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.


              Jeffrey Clive Arnold pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.


           According to information presented in court, in August 2015, law enforcement officers investigating suspected drug trafficking of methamphetamine through Southeast Texas.  Surveillance revealed Arnold was supplying large quantities of methamphetamine to others for distribution.  Arnold was stopped leaving a Houston residence and found to be in possession of drugs and cash.  A backpack with over $39,000 in cash was located at the Houston residence and it was determined to belong to Arnold.  Arnold was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 1, 2017. 


                Under federal statutes, Arnold faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison at sentencing.  The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.  A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.


                This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.

Updated October 18, 2017