BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A federal judge sentenced a 36-year-old Lufkin man to 54 months in federal prison Tuesday for his role in a marijuana distribution operation run out of a house. Marcel Cornelius Montgomery was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
Montgomery appeared before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark Monday morning. In addition to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison sentence, Montgomery will also be required to serve three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge last year.
As part of the conditions of Montgomery's supervised release, he will not be allowed to own a firearm, and he will be required to participate in a program for drug/alcohol testing and treatment, including a drug test within 15 days of his release from jail and at least two periodic tests after that.
Montgomery's co-defendant, Porsche Denise Davis, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver a controlled substance in November 2012 and received a sentence of three years probation last March.
Originally, Montgomery was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, using a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime, and unlawful possession of a firearm. According to his indictment, Montgomery was convicted of bank robbery, and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime in April 1995.
Lufkin Police officers arrested the couple on May 20, 2012, after they responded to a disturbance call at their residence. Officers said they found about two pounds of marijuana and two handguns inside the home.
The marijuana, a .25-caliber handgun, and a box of .380-caliber ammunition were found inside a gym bag, according to police.
A further search led police to a dirty clothes basket where they located a .380-caliber handgun. According to the text of Montgomery's indictment, LPD officers also found approximately $1 million in U.S. currency at the residence.
Both Davis and Montgomery had prior felony convictions, making them ineligible to possess a firearm.