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Springfield Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Drug and Gun Charges

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

United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that JIMMY E. LINDSEY, age 33, of Springfield, Louisiana, pled guilty on July 24, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, and oxycodone, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  As a result of his guilty plea, LINDSEY faces a significant term of imprisonment, fine, and period of supervised release.

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, LINDSEY possessed the firearm as part of his drug trafficking operation.  Specifically, on July 5, 2018, agents with the Louisiana Probation and Parole, along with Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives, attempted to conduct a compliance check at LINDSEY’s residence.  LINDSEY was on probation for felony narcotics distribution charges in Livingston Parish.  Agents were aware that LINDSEY would be driving a black BMW.  While patrolling the area near the LINDSEY’s residence, detectives encountered a black BMW leaving the area.  Detectives observed the driver of the BMW fail to utilize turn signals on two separate occasions and initiated a traffic stop.

As detectives approached the vehicle, they recognized the driver to be LINDSEY.  They also smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.  As LINDSEY was secured, the deputies found a loaded Smith and Wesson .380 pistol, in LINDSEY’s back right pants pocket. The detectives also located methamphetamine and oxycodone pills in LINDSEY’s right pants pocket, as well as two zip-lock bags of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle.

U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin stated, “Defendants like this who brazenly continue to commit crimes in violation of felony probation will be held accountable on our watch.  This conviction is yet another example of our office’s commitment to keep convicted criminals from continuing to poison our citizens with illegal drugs.  I want to thank our prosecutor, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole, and Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for their work in this case.  This kind of collaboration among federal and local law enforcement ensures that convicted felons do not continue to deal drugs and commit crimes in our communities.”

“Our goal is to protect our citizens.  Period.  The veterans within the LPSO Narcotics Division focus on knowing the players, uncovering the illegal activity & providing a solid case for prosecution.  I appreciate their dedication to Livingston Parish & the working relationship we have with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney,” stated Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard.

This matter is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with critical assistance from the Louisiana Probation and Parole Office and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eli J. Abad.

Updated November 27, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses