A 40-year-old Port Arthur, Texas, man has been sentenced to federal prison for federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Gary Lynn Carrington, Sr., pleaded guilty on Dec. 12, 2012, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
According to information presented in court, on Aug. 23, 2012, a search warrant was executed at 400 Duane Street in Port Arthur after Carrington sold crack cocaine to another individual at that residence. During the search, officers discovered a loaded revolver, a loaded shotgun, $8,628 in cash, drug paraphernalia, and a measuring cup containing cocaine. Carrington and two others were present during the search.
Further investigation revealed Carrington was a convicted felon, having previously been found guilty of delivery of a controlled substance in 2007 in Jefferson County and possession of a controlled substance in 1995 in Jefferson County. As a convicted felon, Carrington is prohibited by federal law from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition. Carrington was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 20, 2012.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods' Operation Time Machine program. Operation Time Machine is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in Port Arthur, Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
This case was investigated by the ATF and the Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.