Illegal Possession of Drugs and Firearms Sends Three Men to Federal Prison | USAO-WDLA

ALEXANDRIA/LAFAYETTE/SHREVEPORT, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that three convicted felons have been sentenced in United States District Court for illegal possession of firearms.

Breaux Bridge Man with Lengthy Criminal History Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm

Nacorvrick Green a/k/a “G-Nate,” 41, of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to 180 months (15 years) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Green previously pled guilty to the charge on December 2, 2019.

Lafayette Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle Green was driving on June 13, 2018.  Officers found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle and arrested Green, who is a convicted felon. Prior to his arrest, Green had seven felony convictions for drug trafficking. Under federal law, it is it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

The ATF, Lafayette Police Department and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. Vermaelen and Jamilla A. Bynog prosecuted the case.

Shreveport Man Sentenced for Drug and Firearms Crimes

Jerrick Stephenson, 28, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 78 months (6 years, 6 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Stephenson pled guilty to the charge on September 6, 2019.

Stephenson was stopped by Shreveport Police Department officers for a traffic infraction on July 28, 2018. Stephenson attempted to flee on foot from law enforcement officers but was apprehended a short distance away and arrested. Officers found a pistol and two loaded magazines under the driver’s seat of the vehicle he was operating. Also inside the vehicle were 130 grams of marijuana and a digital scale with marijuana residue.  Stephenson was previously convicted of possession of controlled dangerous substances in 2014 and knew that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition because of his prior felony conviction.

The ATF and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cadesby B. Cooper prosecuted the case.

Alexandria Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

Malcolm Xavier Williams, 29, of Alexandria, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to 15 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Williams was also ordered to pay a $7,000 fine. He pled guilty to the charge on March 5, 2020.

On February 21, 2019, Alexandria Police Department officers responded to a call on Aguillard Lane in Alexandria. Upon their arrival, officers found Williams, who had outstanding active warrants, and placed him under arrest. During a search incident to the arrest, officers found the key to a vehicle that was parked and running nearby in Williams’ pocket. Inside that vehicle, officers found a loaded black handgun on the driver’s side floorboard. Before his arrest on February 21, 2019, Williams, a convicted felon, was prohibited from possessing firearms because of a prior conviction for illegally carrying a weapon in 2017. At the time of arrest, Williams knew his status as a convicted felon.

The ATF and the Alexandria Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford prosecuted the case.

Each of these cases was brought as part of Project Guardian and Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), programs that have been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.

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