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Federal charges possible for suspected Port Arthur gang members

Federal charges may be filed on three people arrested on gun charges after a Port Arthur traffic stop.

Those arrested include:

  • Dayvion Maze, 21, of Port Arthur, charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Bond is $100,000
  • Jacory Reynolds, 21, of Port Arthur, charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon. Bond set at $2,500. He bonded out of jail Nov. 13.
  • Ladarius McCallum, 24, of Port Arthur, charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon with bond set at $2,500 and he has a $5,000 bond for Class A theft.

Port Arthur Police Officer Brenden Cowart stopped a vehicle for defective equipment that was driven by Bryce Johnson, 20, of Port Arthur on Nov. 11 in the 3800 block of Gulfway.

Johnson was arrested and bonded out several days later.

Also in the vehicle were Maze, Reynolds and McCallum, along with two handguns and ski masks, according to police.

Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said authorities are looking to file federal charges on three of the men.

“A lot of times we look at the criminal history of the parties involved. If they have extensive criminal histories, we ask a federal agency to get involved,” Duriso said.

According to Duriso, at least two of the men are suspected gang members, which is verified by social media, but he did not specify which suspects.

He also did not release the name of the gang so as not to give the suspected criminal affiliation any extra recognition.

Police believe Cowart prevented a violent crime from happening by stopping the vehicle for a traffic violation.