February 11, 2005
Texas DA Pleads Guilty to Being Addict in Possession of a Firearm
The underlying crime is not a white collar offense (weapons possession under Section 922), but the defendant certainly qualifies as a white collar professional: a District Attorney in the Texas Panhandle region. Richard J. Roach entered a guilty plea on Feb. 8 to a Section 922(g)(3) charge of being an addicted or unlawful user of narcotics in possession of a firearm, and admitted to the following (taken from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas (Amarillo) press release):
Roach admitted that he was addicted to a controlled substance, and that on January 11, 2005, he knowingly and intentionally possessed two firearms — a Beretta .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a Smith & Wesson, 9mm pistol. Roach had occupied the position of district attorney for the 31st and the 223rd Judicial District Court in the Texas Panhandle since 2000. Roach admitted that several months ago he began using methamphetamine on a regular basis and became addicted. On December 16, 2004, one of Roach's employees found a syringe floating in the toilet located in their private office bathroom. The DEA lab found methamphetamine residue in the syringe. Roach further admitted that on December 20th and 31st of 2004, and January 3, 2005, Roach injected himself with a syringe containing substances including methamphetamine.
This is a very scary, sad story of a respected attorney who became addicted to the latest scourge on the drug landscape. (ph)
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