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Third Ward Man Heads to Federal Prison for Drug and Weapons Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

HOUSTON – A 33-year-old Houston resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of manufacturing/possessing with intent to deliver a controlled substance and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Robert Coleman pleaded guilty April 9, 2019.  

Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake sentenced Coleman to 70 months for the drug charges. He also received 10 years for the firearms conviction which must be served consecutively. The total 190-month term of imprisonment will be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.

The investigation revealed Coleman sold gram quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and pills to various customers on a regular basis. Coleman delivered to customers that were in close vicinity to his residence. Authorities also learned Coleman cooked crack cocaine in his home.

Coleman was taken into custody Nov. 6, 2018, after law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence. As they entered, Coleman fired a pistol at the door. No one was injured at that time. 

He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.  

The Houston Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennie Basile and John M. Lewis prosecuted the case.

The case is an example of coordination between law enforcement who are part of the Houston Law Enforcement Violent Crime Initiative. The goal is to proactively fight and reduce violent crime across the Greater Houston area by targeting the region’s most violent offenders, augmenting investigative and prosecutorial efforts, and enhancing training, public awareness and education.

Updated July 11, 2019

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