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June 3, 2011

Federal firearms indictment levied

Athens — A Mabank resident who authorities say attempted to evade arrest by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office last month, has been indicted in federal court on a firearms charge.

Dustin James Poole, 31, faces a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Eastern District of Texas U.S. Attorney John M. Bales said the true bill was one of several indictments returned late Thursday afternoon on unrelated cases..

If convicted, Poole faces up to 10 years in federal prison. According to the indictment, on May 12, of this year, Poole is said to have been found in possession of two firearms and ammunition. 

Further investigation revealed Poole was previously convicted of possession of a stolen firearm in federal court in 2003, and theft in Henderson County in 2004.

It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to possess or own firearms or ammunition, Bell said.  The case is being investigated by the ATF and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

Poole’s most recent run-in with Henderson County authorities came May 16. Lt. Bryan Tower and Warrant Dep. Billy Jack Valentine learned that Poole was located at a residence on County Road 4510 in Baxter.

HCSO reports said the officers arrived at the residence and entered. Poole became aware of the officer’s presence, and went inside a closet. The officers learned that there was a firearm inside the closet, and sent for the HCSO Command Staff, as well as the HCSO Tactical Team.

Police reports indicate HCSO negotiator Kalon Rollins was able to get a response from Poole, who was willing to talk with Sheriff Ray Nutt. A short time later, Poole surrendered to authorities.

The sheriff’s office had been looking for Poole since March 12 when Dep. Brian Hall recovered a stolen vehicle on County Road 2429 west of Seven Points. After discovering the stolen car, Hall saw a Ford Mustang leaving the area, with a male passenger who matched the description of someone who had been seen near the stolen vehicle.

Police reports said Hall caught up to the Mustang, and conducted a traffic stop. He  identified Poole, and learned that he had an outstanding Athens Police Department warrant for credit-card abuse. Poole exited the vehicle, and ran from the officer.

Deputies later learned that he had hid under a residence on CR 2429. Command staff established a perimeter around the residence, but were not able to locate Poole at the time. He remained at-large until the Baxter arrest.


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