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Hammond Man Pleads Guilty to Gun and Drug Violations

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RYAN BINNER, age 43, of Hammond, pled guilty today to violations of the Federal Controlled Substances and Federal Gun Control Acts.

According to court documents, in November and December 2014, BINNER made multiple sales of methamphetamine to law enforcement agents working undercover.  On December 2, 2014, BINNER agreed to meet an undercover agent for purposes of selling additional methamphetamine.  As BINNER attempted to leave his house to meet with the agent, law enforcement arrested BINNER, and found him to be in possession of approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, along with a loaded, sawed-off Winchester 20-gauge shotgun.

BINNER pled guilty to distributing a quantity of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), and possessing a short-barreled shotgun in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1)(B)(i) and 921(a)(6).  For the drug offense, BINNER faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years, a fine of up to $1,000,000.00, a period of not less than three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.  For the gun offense, BINNER faces a minimum consecutive term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of not more than five years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for February 10, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Hammond Police Department for investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon S. Long is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated November 6, 2015

Topic
Drug Trafficking