BEAUMONT, Texas – A Nacogdoches man has been sentenced for federal drug trafficking and firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
Timothy Ray Hill, Jr., 28, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17, 2022, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to 130 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.
According to information presented in court, on March 20, 2021, law enforcement officers responded to a private party in San Augustine, Texas where a man was brandishing a firearm. Upon arrival, a sheriff’s deputy encountered Hill, who was walking toward him with his hand on the grip of a pistol that was protruding from his front pant pocket. After Hill ignored the deputy’s commands to take his hand off the gun, a police officer deployed his taser against Hill to end the standoff. The deputy then searched Hill and recovered the loaded pistol, 394 methamphetamine pills, and a large amount of cash.
This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
This case was investigated by the San Augustine Police Department, the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ross.