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Jasper County Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Violations

BEAUMONT – A Buna man has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Larry Wayne Free, 40, pleaded guilty on June 30, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 264 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone on Feb. 2, 2023.

According to information presented in court, in January 2021, law enforcement officials received information that Free was distributing methamphetamine from a residence in Nome, Texas.  Free was located on Highway 90 and a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle.  A narcotics K9 unit alerted on the vehicle and a search revealed 1,948 grams of methamphetamine in the car.  Free was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 6, 2022.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Beaumont Police Department and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Grove.

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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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