BEAUMONT, Texas – A 32-year-old Polk County, Texas man has
been indicted for firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas,
announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
James Vincent Chaney was named in
an indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Apr. 3, 2019 charging him
with possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of a
firearm by a prohibited person.
According to the indictment, on
Feb. 27, 2019, Chaney is alleged to have been found in possession of an
unregistered destructive device and a firearm at his Polk County
residence. Further investigation revealed Chaney had been previously
convicted of forgery in 2007 in Montgomery County, Texas and as a convicted
felon is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition.
If convicted, Chaney faces up to 10
years in federal prison on each charge.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods
Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang
violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and
improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas.
Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as
well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
This case is being investigated by
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Tommy L. Coleman.