NEW ORLEANS, LA. – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that a St. John the Baptist man was sentenced on June 16, 2021 to 14 years in prison for violating federal drug and firearms laws.
According to court documents, JONATHAN WEBRE, age 35, a resident of Reserve, Louisiana, was indicted on August 29, 2019 by a Federal Grand Jury in a three-count indictment. In Count 1, WEBRE was charged with distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(b), In Count 2, WEBRE was charged with possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in violation of 21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A). Lastly, in Count 3, WEBRE was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922 (g)(1) and 924(a)(2). WEBRE pled guilty to all three charges on October 23, 2019. WEBRE’S sentencing has been postponed numerous times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These charges stemmed from an investigation by both the St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration into the illegal activities of WEBRE over the last two years.
At his sentencing on June 16, 2021, Federal District Court Judge Lance Africk sentenced WEBRE to serve 168 months (14 years) for the two drug charges, Counts 1 and 2, and to serve 120 months (10 years) for Count 3, the federal firearms violation. All sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.
U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), the St. John The Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the St. John the Baptist District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Maurice Landrieu prosecuted the case.