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Fifteen Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2012

TWENTY-SIX INDIVIDUALS ARRESTED AS FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TARGET REPEAT  OFFENDERS IN BATON ROUGE

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office, East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, United States Marshal’s Service, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole, conducted an operation which targeted repeat offenders.  Many of these repeat offenders had ties to the 70805 area code. 

The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) law enforcement partners identified repeat offenders who met federal guidelines for prosecution.   As a result, fifteen individuals were indicted by federal grand juries for weapons and drug-related charges.  Eight of the fifteen had direct ties to the 70805 area code.   As of yesterday, all fifteen defendants are in federal custody.  Six of the fifteen federal defendants were arrested during yesterday’s operation.

In addition to the six federal arrests, an additional eleven individuals were arrested on state charges to include probation and parole violations.  The majority of the eleven individuals also had ties to 70805.  During the arrests, firearms, ammunition, and narcotics were also seized.  As a result of the evidence seized, more charges are anticipated.

The following individuals were indicted by federal grand juries: 

MICHAEL T. EARLY, age 20, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

GERALD JOHNSON, a/k/a GERALD RENARD JOHNSON, age 24, of Baker, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), and one count of possession of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 844(a).

KEONNE TAYLOR, a/k/a KEONNE D. TAYLOR, age 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

LAZAAR ALEXIS, a/k/a LAZAAR JUSTIN ALEXIS, age 29, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

ADRIAN K. THOMPSON, age 35, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1), one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1), one count of possession of cocaine and alprazolam, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 844(a); and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

KEVIN BROWN, a/k/a KELVIN BROWN, age 41, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

BYRON D. CARTER, age 29, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

FRANCISCO JAVIER YANEZ-MUNIZ, age 21, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(5)(A).

DAMION L. ALEXANDER, a/k/a DAMIEN L. ALEXANDER, age 23, of Zachary, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1); and one count of possession of a stolen firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(j).

DESMOND J. RABY, age 28, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with two counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, alprazolam, and hydrocodone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

ANTOINE MONTREAL BROWN, a/k/a ANTOINE MONTRALE BROWN, age 28, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm while subject to a court order, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(8).

CHRISTOPHER FOSTER, age 23, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

DERRICK PITCHER, a/k/a DERRICK A. PITCHER, age 42, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, lisdexamfetamine, and morphine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A); and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

JEREMY D. BANKS, age 32, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1); and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United State Code, Section 922(g)(1).

JOHNNY LYNN ROBERTSON, JR., age 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was indicted with one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

           

NOTE: An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that probable cause exists to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty at trial.

 

 

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