BEAUMONT, TX (KTRE) - A 40-year-old Diboll man was among two Southeast Texas men who were sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking charges that stemmed from a 2013 traffic stop in San Jacinto County that resulted in two arrests and the seizure of meth, a handgun, a digital scale, and a clear glass pipe with residue in it.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas, Richard William Jones, 40, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine on Oct. 28, 2016. U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield sentenced him to 10 years and five months in a federal prison on Thursday,
Ronny Joe Bartz, 51, of Humble, also pleaded guilty to the same charge on Oct. 28, 2016. Heartfield sentenced him to 10 years in a federal prison.
"According to information presented in court, on Jan. 7, 2013, San Jacinto County sheriff's deputies performed a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling north on Highway 59," the press release stated. "As they attempted to pull over the vehicle, the officers observed a black bag fly out of the passenger side window and land in the grass. The driver of the vehicle continued without stopping for approximately 100 yards before stopping."
Jones was identified as the driver, and Bartz was the passenger in the car. Once the two men were in custody, officers went back and retrieved the black bag that had been thrown from the passenger side of the vehicle.
When the SJCSO deputies opened the black bag, they found a small silver handgun, a set of digital scales, clear plastic baggies containing meth, a clear glass pipe with residue in it, and numerous empty plastic baggies.
"This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)," the press release stated. "The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation's illegal drug supply."
The case was investigated by the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office, and it was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Englade.