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FERRIDAY MAN SENTENCED TO 200 MONTHS FOR PART IN COCAINE CONSPIRACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Xavier L. Green, 26, of Ferriday, La., was sentenced late Friday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell, to 140 months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and 60 months in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.  Green pleaded guilty on October 11, 2013.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, from November 2011 to December 2011, authorities intercepted communications between Green and another defendant discussing the sale of crack cocaine and making purchases.  On February 1, 2012, authorities were approaching a crowd on Alabama Avenue in Ferriday when they observed Green flee a home from across the street.  They gave chase, and Green dropped and discarded a .357 caliber handgun and bags containing drugs.  After capturing Green, authorities found more than $1,000 and more suspected narcotics.

Green was one in a group of individuals who sold cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana in the Ferriday area.  Green’s co-defendants were prosecuted and sentenced as follows:

Efuante Morales, 28, pleaded guilty September, 25, 2013, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced January 3, 2014 to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Wilbert Henderson, 35, pleaded guilty September 12, 2013, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced December 12, 2013 to 70 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $4,500 fine.

Marquise Poole, 31, pleaded guilty July 18, 2012, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced March 22, 2013 to 66 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $2,900 fine.

Ronathan Quinn, 41, pleaded guilty September 24, 2013, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced December 12, 2013 to 99 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.

Frederick Saulsberry, 30, pleaded guilty July 10, 2013, to use of a communication facility and was sentenced October 28, 2013 to one year in prison and one year of supervised release.

Green and his co-defendants were arrested as part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation “Delta Blues” investigation.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Force, which is composed of the Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Alexandria Police Department, participated in the investigation. The U.S. Marshals and the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. is prosecuting the case.

The OCDETF program is a joint federal, state and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

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