Orange County Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses
BEAUMONT, Texas– A Bridge City man has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and firearms offenses in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Rian Blayke Savoy, 32, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christine Stetson on June 14, 2022.
According to court documents, in the early morning hours of Jan. 30, 2022, Savoy led officers from multiple Orange County, Texas law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase for several miles through Orange County before eventually being pulled over near the border of Orange and Newton Counties. During the chase, law enforcement officers observed Savoy discarding several objects out of the window of the vehicle as he was driving. Officers were dispatched to the area where Savoy was observed to have thrown objects out of the vehicle during the police pursuit and discovered plastic baggies containing methamphetamine and a firearm. Savoy was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2022.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case was investigated by the Bridge City Police Department, the Orange Police Department, the Pinehurst Police Department, the West Orange Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Joseph R. Batte.
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