Marcelo Molfino

The local Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club gave over 125 bikes to elementary children Dec. 15.

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A toxic national trend of pharmaceutical drug abuse is leaving a wide swath of death in its wake, and Southeast Texas is no exception, according to authorities.

“Oh, it’s here,” Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office investigator Marcelo Molfino told The Examiner. “Interstate 10 is a pipeline for drugs.”

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Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Marcelo

It’s July 30, 2008. Port Arthur native Damon West is sitting in his apartment in Dallas on the phone with his dealer trying to score some meth. He’s “high as hell” and telling his associate he’s feeling the heat; he’s worried the police are onto him, that they know about his illicit activities.

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Senior students filled Ozen High School’s Center For Performing Arts recently for a special anti-drug presentation in observance of Global Youth Service Day 2016, collaboratively planned by IEA – Inspire, Encourage, Achieve and Jefferson County Juvenile Probation.

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Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Marcelo Molfino and former drug addict turned motivational speaker Brannon LaBove are visiting local campuses to teach students about the potentially devastating consequences of bad decisions.

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In the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 2012, as lounge owner Hieu Huynh and his wife Loan Tran exited their karaoke bar Nikki’s Lounge on Gulfway Drive in Port Arthur, a tragic turn of events transpired that would ultimately end Huynh’s life at 62 years old.

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