BEAUMONT, Texas – A 25-year-old Beaumont, Texas man appeared
in federal court on firearms and drug trafficking charges in the Eastern
District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
James Anthony Madrid had an initial
appearance today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District
Court charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and
using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
According to information presented
in court, on Jan. 24, 2019, local and federal agents responded to the 8700
block of Newfield Lane in Beaumont, Texas, in connection with a shooting.
Officers discovered Madrid’s one-year-old child and girlfriend had been shot.
An investigation revealed Madrid had shot the girlfriend and child as
individuals attempted to break into the house in connection with Madrid’s drug
trafficking activities. A search of the home revealed approximately 1.5
kilograms of cocaine, evidence of drug distribution and several firearms.
If convicted, Madrid faces up to
Life in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by
the Beaumont Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell James.
It is important to note that a
complaint, arrest, or indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt
and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Public Information Officer/Law Enforcement Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas