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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 5, 2017
John R. Parker
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lisa Slimak

Coleman, Texas Man Sentenced to 71 Months in Federal Prison on Firearm and Drug Convictions

LUBBOCK — Calvin Joel Polk, 50, of Coleman, Texas, was sentenced this morning by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 71 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2017, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Polk pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  Polk has been in custody since the time of his arrest in December 2016.

According to documents filed in the case, on June 20, 2016, officers with the Coleman, Texas, Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call.  Officers arrived at the scene and made contact with Polk.  Polk told officers that there was a female in the residence and officers entered the residence to check her welfare.  While speaking with the female, officers noticed in plain view a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine.  The female stated the substance belonged to Polk and he was placed under arrest.  After being handcuffed, Polk ran from the officers and was eventually detained and taken to the Coleman Police Department.  The female remained at the scene and gave officers consent to search the residence for other contraband.  Officers located suspected methamphetamine in various locations in the residence.  Officers also located digital scales and other items consistent with the sale of methamphetamine.  The Texas Department Public Safety Crime Lab tested a portion of the substance and it showed positive for methamphetamine and weighed a total of 38.65 grams.

The female also told officers that Polk, a person who had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding once year, had several firearms in the residence. Officers located 6 firearms and approximately 263 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Coleman Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Long prosecuted.

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