Animal control officer caught up in drug conspiracy

A 39-year-old Beaumont Animal Control officer was arrested for federal drug violations on Aug. 7.

Benjamin Wallace Dykes was indicted on March 5 by a federal grand jury and was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine. 

During the investigation by the Drug Enfrocement Administration, Dykes, while employed with the city of Beaumont, was allegedly purchasing cocaine from a drug trafficking organization led by Eric Coleman and redistributing it to others. Coleman was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on Jan. 24 of this year.

If convicted, Dykes faces up to 20 years in federal prison.