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Members of Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Receive Sentences Totaling 75+ Years in Federal Prison

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Seven members of a drug trafficking conspiracy were
recently sentenced by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr., with the
lead defendant having been sentenced today, announced United States Attorney
Brandon B. Brown.

Demetrius DeAngelo Hall, 37, of Bossier City, Louisiana, was sentenced today to
262 months (21 years, 10 months) in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release,
for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Hall’s co-defendants and their sentences are as follows:

Steve Mireles, 41, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to 96 months (8 years) in prison,
followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession
with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

John R. Wilson, 50, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced to 120 months (10
years) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute
and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Larry Nichols, 48, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced to 77 months (6 years,
5 months) in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for possession with intent
to distribute methamphetamine.

Aaron McKinney, 40, of Shreveport, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in
prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess
with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Bland Mouncil, 57, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in
prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and
possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Nolan Washington, 35, of Bossier City, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in
prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess
with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

From March 1, 2019, and continuing until on or about December 31, 2019, each of
these defendants were involved in a drug trafficking conspiracy and pleaded guilty to
possessing and distributing methamphetamine in the Caddo and Bossier Parish areas.
Law enforcement officers began an investigation into their illegal drug trafficking
activities and were able to obtain a court ordered wiretap on Hall’s cell phone. Through
numerous intercepted communications, agents learned that Hall was obtaining his
methamphetamine from multiple sources, including from Steve Mireles in Texas. Hall
transported the narcotics himself or through a courier to the Shreveport area where he
would distribute the methamphetamine to his co-defendants. Hall met individuals at
various locations throughout the Shreveport and Bossier area.

During the investigation, on October 21, 2019, law enforcement agents intercepted
phone calls and text messages between Hall and his co-conspirators indicating that Hall
was traveling to Texas to obtain more methamphetamine from Mireles. During these
intercepted calls, Aaron McKinney was heard discussing a request for more drugs with
Hall. Upon Hall’s and his co-conspirator, Bland Mouncil’s return from Texas, officers
initiated a traffic stop. Mouncil then fled from law enforcement throwing the
methamphetamine out the window. A high-speed pursuit with Mouncil began. During
the pursuit, Mouncil called Hall and informed him he had thrown the methamphetamine
out the window. Law enforcement was able to recover the drugs. Hall was later arrested
on November 7, 2019, and he pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute over 500
grams of methamphetamine. McKinney later admitted to law enforcement agents that he
was buying and selling methamphetamine from Hall.

Larry Nichols participated in numerous phone calls with Hall in which they
discussed various amounts of drugs, prices, and meeting locations, as well as making
arrangements for Nichols to provide Hall with various amounts of drugs. On October 15,
2019, Nichols was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle and was arrested by law
enforcement officers. A search of the stolen vehicle revealed a clear plastic bag containing
marijuana and methamphetamine. The seized methamphetamine was sent to the crime
lab for analysis and determined to have a net weight of at least 5 grams or more.

Calls were also intercepted between Hall, Nolan Washington and John Wilson
wherein they discussed the purchasing and selling of methamphetamine. Hall met with
both Washington and Wilson at different times to conduct drug transactions. Through
their surveillance, DEA agents observed both Washington and Wilson meet Hall to obtain
the drugs. On November 5, 2019, agents observed Wilson get into Hall’s vehicle for a
brief time, exit, and walk back to his vehicle. Agents followed Wilson and an officer
conducted a traffic stop of his vehicle. A search was conducted, and the same amount of
methamphetamine was found in the vehicle that they had discussed in the intercepted
phone call. Wilson admitted to purchasing methamphetamine from Hall numerous
times.

The two remaining defendants in this conspiracy, Michael C. Francis and David
Williams, have each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to
distribute methamphetamine and are scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
This case was investigated by the DEA, ATF, Shreveport Police Department,
Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Greenwood Police Department, and Louisiana State Police.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tennille Gilreath and Allison
Duncan.

This effort is part of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force
(OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level
criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led,
intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF
Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

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