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Jefferson County Man Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term for Drug Trafficking

By Davilyn Walston

BEAUMONT, Texas – A Port Arthur man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Troy Reese, 20, pleaded guilty on May 25, 2021 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison on Feb. 16, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

According to information presented in court, in June and July of 2019, traffic stops revealed a group of individuals out of Port Arthur, including Reese, were conspiring with individuals in Houston to distribute methamphetamine and China White.  China White is an extremely dangerous synthetic heroin tainted with chemicals similar to fentanyl.  The conspiracy involved using cellular applications such as CashApp to purchase narcotics and stolen or fraudulent credit cards to purchase hotel rooms and other items used in the drug trafficking conspiracy.  Reese was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2020.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Grove.

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