BEAUMONT, Texas – A 29-year-old Port Arthur, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug and gun violations as a result of Operation Time Machine in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

        Carl Sampson Solomon pleaded guilty on May 19, 2010 to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for the drug charge and 60 months in federal prison for the gun charge.  The sentencing hearing was held on Mar. 23, 2010 before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.  Judge Clark also ordered that the sentences be served consecutively for a total of 90 months in federal prison.

According to information presented in court, on Mar. 17, 2010, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant in the 2200 block of 3rd Avenue in Port Arthur.  During the search, officers discovered approximately 7.47 grams of crack cocaine as well as a 9mm pistol.  A federal grand jury indicted Solomon on Apr. 21, 2010 and charged him with federal gun and drug trafficking violations.

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 Port Arthur Police Department and the ATF and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.