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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2010

 

MAN GUILTY OF DRUG OFFENSE AND USING A BOOBY TRAP TO PROTECT DRUGS

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that WILLIAM E. QUAVE, 45, of Albany, Louisiana, pled guilty today before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph E. Tyson to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and with possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

As a result of his guilty plea to the methamphetamine-related crime, QUAVE faces a maximum sentence of a term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a $1,000,000 fine, or both. As a result of his guilty plea to the firearm-related crime, QUAVE faces a term of imprisonment of not less than seven (7) years and up to life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both. Sentencing has not yet been set.

According to the factual basis that was offered in connection with the guilty pleas, officers with the Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force searched the defendant’s residence in September of 2008 and found the defendant in possession of numerous items commonly used in the illegal production of methamphetamine, a 33-gallon anhydrous ammonia tank partially buried in the ground underneath the defendant’s residence, small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana, and nine firearms. One of the firearms was a shotgun that the defendant had mounted to the wall and ceiling in one of the rooms inside his residence, suspended by a rope, and aimed at the doorway through which one would enter the room.

The investigation of QUAVE was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Tri-Parish Narcotics Task Force, and the DEA. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan A. Stevens.

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