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Orange County Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Offenses

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

Rian Blayke Savoy, 32, pleaded guilty on June 14, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Savoy was sentenced to 137 months in federal prison for the drug trafficking violation and 60 months in federal prison for the firearms violation today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.  He sentences were ordered to served consecutively for a total of 197 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, 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. Attorney Joseph R. Batte.

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