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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 8, 2014

Jury Convicts Louisiana Man In Orange County Drug Conspiracy

Department of Justice
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           BEAUMONT, Texas – A 38-year-old Vinton, Louisiana man has been convicted of drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. 

Jeremy James Wimberly was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The jury deliberated for 30 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict on all four counts.  The verdict was returned late Friday, Sep. 5, 2014 following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. 

According to information presented in court, in September 2013 and October 2013, Wimberly made two controlled deliveries of a large amount of methamphetamine to an individual in Orange County, Texas.  After the drug transaction on Oct. 23, 2013, law enforcement officers attempted to make a traffic stop on Wimberly.  However, he led them on a 23-mile high speed chase at speeds reaching approximately 135 mph in Orange County before running out of gas in south Newton County and fleeing on foot.  Wimberly was found to have discarded a gun and a large quantity of methamphetamine during the chase.  Further investigation revealed he was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition.  Wimberly was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 6, 2013 and charged with federal drug and gun violations.

Wimberly faces a mandatory sentence of life in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.

The case was investigated by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Police Department,  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Beaumont Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Englade and Baylor Wortham. 

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