BEAUMONT, Texas - U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown announced today that five individuals have been arrested following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in the Eastern District of Texas.
On Aug. 7, 2018, a combined task force of federal, state and local law enforcement executed federal arrest and search warrants in Beaumont, Port Neches, and Silsbee, Texas as the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Task Force.
The operation resulted in the arrest of five defendants named in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on July 12, 2018. According to the indictment, from March 2017 through December 2017, the defendants were involved in a drug trafficking organization that conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties. Those arrested and named in the indictment are:
Brandon Robinson, 33, of Beaumont;
Gedrick Morrissey, 27, of Beaumont;
Roshawn Butler, 35, of Silsbee;
Rudy Polanco, 44, of Groves; and
Jeremy Ross, 35, of Port Neches, Texas.
The defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. They are scheduled to make initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin on those charges today. If convicted, they face from 10 years to life in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Task Force, and the Beaumont Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Rapp.
An indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.