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Fake DEA agent plea bargains to 6 months in jail, 5 years probation

 

BY VALERIE REDDELL
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BEAUMONT — David Brian Webb, 36, was sentenced to six months in jail and five years’ probation for posing as a federal agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency in Judge Ron Clark’s U.S. District Court on Nov. 6. The plea agreement was reached in May but was sealed until a pre-sentencing investigation was completed. However, according to information published by Houston Chronicle Reporter Dane Schiller, Webb was was once given deferred adjudication for posing as a SWAT officer in Harris County. Part of what made Webb’s act so convincing is that he had completed some police training at the University of Houston-Downtown, went through the police academy worked for the City of Roman Forest for a few months but got fired. Webb pleaded guilty to producing and identification document and a set of credentials for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration bearing his name and photo without the legal authority to do so. Prior to his arrest in Feb. 2012, law enforcement officers had suspensions about Webb and brought their concerns to the attention of the DEA but it seems it was a request from an area school to the agency to have Webb return for another drug prevention program that prompted immediate action from DEA. On Wednesday, Feb. 8, DEA and ATF agents joined Texas Ranger Ron Duff, Texas DPS troopers assigned to Livingston and PSCO deputies to execute a federal search warrant at Webb’s residence off of FM 1988. During the search, evidence was located linking Webb to the described crime, a PCSO statement issued at that time said. Thomas Hinojosa, the Associate Special Agent in Charge for the Houston DEA office said among the items federal agents seized was Dodge Charger Webb had used to make traffic stops “I can’t speak to what he does as a K9-training officer. But I think that there is a big distinction between a Drug Enforcement Agent and someone who trains dogs,” Hinojosa said. DEA staff familiar with the investigation also expressed great concerns about Webb’s activities while presenting drug awareness programs to organizations, schools and churches throughout the region. In photos taken of these presentations Webb is wearing what appears to be a DEA uniform, complete with an automatic pistol strapped to his leg as preschool children watch the program

 

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