SHREVEPORT, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote has sentenced two men for drug trafficking and illegal possession of a firearm.
Drug Trafficker Receives 10 Years in Federal Prison
Joshua B. Kimes, 36, of Bossier City, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Kimes pled guilty to the charge on October 30, 2019.
While conducting a narcotics investigation in 2018, law enforcement agents set up surveillance of Joshua B. Kimes and others who were known to be distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. Kimes and other coconspirators were found to be arranging transactions to sell methamphetamine in various quantities. Between April and May 2018, agents observed Kimes traveling from the Western District of Louisiana to Waskom, Texas to purchase methamphetamine. According to information presented to the court, Kimes arranged purchases of
methamphetamine from a co-defendant for eventual resale.
On May 9, 2018, law enforcement agents intercepted phone communications wherein Kimes and a co-defendant made arrangements to travel from the Western District of Louisiana to Waskom, Texas to purchase methamphetamine. The next day, agents observed Kimes and the co-defendant travel from Shreveport to Waskom, Texas. Shortly after crossing the Louisiana state line back into the Western District of Louisiana, the vehicle driven by Kimes was stopped for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, agents located and seized approximately 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine and Kimes and his co-defendant were arrested. The North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory confirmed the substance to be methamphetamine.
The DEA and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.
Illegal Possession of Firearm Leads to Federal Prison Sentence for Bossier City Man
Laterreon Daron Morrison, 24, of Bossier City, was sentenced to 78 months (6 years, 6 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Morrison pled guilty to the charge on February 4, 2020.
According to documents filed with the court, Morrison was involved in a hit and run accident at Hearne Avenue and Hilry Huckaby Boulevard in Shreveport on May 1, 2018. When Morrison fled the scene of the accident, the vehicle that he struck began to follow him. Shreveport Police officers were able to get behind Morrison’s vehicle with lights and sirens activated and he eventually stopped in the middle of Hilry Huckaby Boulevard, exited the vehicle and officers ordered him to the back of the car. While officers attempted to conduct a pat down, Morrison fled on foot. He was subdued and taken into custody. Officers found a pistol inside the vehicle while inventorying it for impound. Morrison, who was previously convicted of a felony charge of aggravated battery in Bossier Parish in 2014, is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Morrison also has prior state arrests for aggravated second degree battery and attempted armed robbery.
The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.