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Jefferson County Drug Trafficker Sentenced for Federal Firearms Violation

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

Anthony James McGuire, 39, pleaded guilty on April 18, 2022, to possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking offense and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

According to information presented in court, on August 12, 2021, McGuire was stopped by law enforcement for a traffic violation on Warren Street in Port Arthur.  McGuire discarded a firearm on the floorboard of the vehicle before fleeing on foot.  McGuire was quickly apprehended and found to be in possession of methamphetamine which he intended to sell.  McGuire was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 2, 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Port Arthur Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Anderson.

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Davilyn Walston

Public Affairs Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Texas

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